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SWAMPSCDTT 



1954 

AMUAL REPORT 



Town of Swampscott 



Index 



Ajjpoals, Board of So 

Assessors, Board of 61 

Balaiu-e Sheet 70 

Buildiii<i- liispet-tor 112 

Cenieterv Department 88 

Civil Defense, Department of 79 

Contributory Retirement System .... 80 

Dog Officer' ._. 78 

En*iineerin*» Department 74 

Fire Department 95 

Health, Board of 83 

Highway Department 81 

Housing Authority 91 

Information, General 132 

In Memoriam 131 

•lury List 110 

Librarv, Public 108 

Park Commissioners, Board of 89 

Planning Board 72 

Police Department 86 

Public Library 108 

Public Welfare, Board of 97 

Rent Control Board 90 
Selectmen, Board of 9 

Sewer Department 78 

School Department 114 
Superintendent of Schools, Report of 115 

Pupils enrolled 129 

School Directory 129 

Town Accountant 62 

Town Clerk, Records of 13 

Town Warrant, March 15, 1954 .__ 13 



Proposed Addition to Swampscott 

Public Library 66-67 

Dental Examination Given to All 

Elementary School Pupils _ . 83 

Diphtheria and Tetanus Immuniza- 
tion Clinic in All Elementary 
Schools . ._. __. 83 

Blood Donors for Polio Field Trials 84 

Air A^ew of Town of Swampscott _ 94 

Civil War Monument and Flagpole 

in Monument Square 99 

AVorld War 1 Boulder in Monument 

Square 102 

World War TI Memorial Flagpole .... 103 

Club Officers Consult Community 

Calendar 109 

Junior High Pupils eat in five shifts 

— all as crowded as this one .... 116 



Annual Town Meeting, March 15, 

1954 24 

Adjourned Annual Town Meeting- 
March 23, 1954 .. 27 

Adjourned Annual Town Meeting 

March 30, 1954 .... 38 

Warrant for Special Election. 

April 26. 1954 44 

Special Town Meeting, May 11, 

1954 45 

Warrant for Special Town Meet- 
ing, June 22, 1954 50 

Special Town Meeting, June 22, 

1954 52 

State Primary, September 14, 

1954 54 

Warrant for State Election, 

November 2, 1954 57 

State Election, November 2, 1954 58 

Town Counsel 82 

Town Meeting Members 6 

Town Officers Appointed 3 

Town Officers Elected 3 

Town Telephone Numbers 

Inside Back Cover 

Treasurer's Report 73 

Veterans ' Services, Department of ._ 99 

Water Department 75 

Weights and Measures, Sealer of .... 85 

Where Money Came From 62 

Where Money Went 64 

Wires, Inspector of 93 

World War II Memorial Fund 113 



With all classrooms in use, the High 
School Cafeteria is used for 
Testing 117 

Woodworking is an important part 

of the Industrial Arts Program 119 

Home Nursing and Child Care tech- 
niques are demonstrated by our 
Public Health Nurse 120 

More than play — a team effort and 

the best each has to give 121 

Modern teaching uses a variety of 
materials to challenge the skills 
and interests of all pupils 123 

Up-to-date equipment and skillful 
testing catch hearing loss in 
time 124 



ILLUSTRATIONS 



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1954 Annual Report 



Town Officers — 1954 



ELECTED 



MODERATOR 

SELECTMEN 

Frederick R. Champion 

TOWN CLERK AND COLLECTOR OF TAXES 
TOWN TREASURER 

WATER AND SEWERAGE COMMISSIONERS 

Alfred N. Frazier, 1956 

ASSESSORS 

Thomas E. Andresen, 1955 

BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS 

Lewis H. Berry, 1956, Secretary 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

William H. Rothwell, II, 1955 
Theodore C. Sargent, 1956 

TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Ruth M. Barry, 1957, Secretary 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE 



BOARD OF HEALTH 

Dr. Robert C. Thompson, 1957 

SURVEYOR OF HIGHWAYS 

CONSTABLES 

Leonard H. Bates 

PLANNING BOARD 

Alexander B. Way, Jr., 1955 
Gordon L. Brown, 1956 

COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUNDS 

Dana V. Humphrey, 1955* 

SWAMPSCOTT HOUSING AUTHORITY 



Thomas W, Duncan, 1955 
David F. Doherty, 1956 
* Appointed 
t Deceased 
X Resigned 

APPOINTED BY SELECTMEN 

SECRETARY OF SELECTMEN 
TOWN COUNSEL 
TOWN ACCOUNTANT 
TOWN ENGINEER 
ASSISTANT ENGINEER 
DIRECTOR OF CIVIL DEFENSE 



Kenneth W. Ulman 

Vincent P. O'Brien, Chairman 
Edward K, Hempel 

Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr., 1955; 1956 

Robert G. Byrne, 1956 

Harold C, Hudson, 1955, Chairman 
George B. Atkins, 1957 

Thomas F. Collins, 1956, Chairman 
Ernest Manchin, 1957, Secretary 

Roland C. Booma, 1955, Chairman 
Frederick C. Burk, 1957 

Walter H. Forbes, Jr., 1956 Chairman 
George A. Chadwell, 1957 
Lillian I. White, 1957 

George W, Howe, 1955, Chairman 
Nelson J. Darling, Jr., 1956 

Norbert A, Ulman, 1957, Chairman 
Donald Redfern, 1956 

Dr. Loring Grimes, 1956, Chairman 
E. Wallace Donald, 1955 

Timothy J. Ryan, 1957 

Wayne Anderson 
John J. Mattera 

Harold M. King, 1958, Chairman 
Ralph L. Williams, 1959 
James R. Maddock, 1957, Secretary 

Harold R. Austin, 1956 
Henry S. Baldwin. 1955 

Gerald H. Pashby, Chairman 
(State Appointee) 
Eugene S. Moreau, 1959 
John A. Massey, 1958 



Richard A. Wales 
James W. Santry, Jr. 
I. Murray Adams 
Howard L. Hamill 
George H. Melcher 
Robert O'Neill 

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SUPERINTENDENT OF CEMETERY 

FOREST WARDEN 

MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

BUILDING INSPECTOR 

ASSISTANT INSPECTOR 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

CUSTODIAN OF ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 

ASSISTANT CUSTODIANS 

DOG OFFICER 
FENCE VIEWERS 

MEASURER OF LUMBER 
SHELLFISH CONSTABLES 



Arthur E. Hardy 

Charles H. Lampard 

Frederick C, Burk 

Raymond O. Doane 

Eldridge T. Davis 

C. Walter Burrill 

John G. McLearn 

Leonard H. Bates 
John Cameron 

John A. Boston 

Howard L. Hamill 
Raymond O. Doane 

Harold O. Durgin 

Stanley G, Potier 
John J. Mattera 



DIRECTOR OF VETERANS' SERVICES and BURIAL AGENT Newton S. Courtney 



VETERANS' SERVICES ADVISORY BOARD 

Carl Glazer, M.D. 
Anthony F. D ' Agnese 

Moses Schectman 



Clement E. Kennedy, Chairman 
Eustis B. Grimes 
Albert F. Pashby 



TRUSTEES OF WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL FUND Ernest Manchiu, 1956, Chm'n. 



Clement E. Kennedy, 1956 
Albert F. Pashby, 1955 
David F. Doherty, 1956 

BOARD OF REGISTRARS 

Dorothy M. Collins, 1955 
Donald L. Sawyer, 1957 



Philip H. Stafford, 1957 
John R. Cooper, 1957 
Benjamin Goldberg, 1955, Secretary 

Patrick A. Devine, 1956 
Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr., Clerk Ex-Officio 



SMOKE INSPECTOR 

INSPECTOR OF WIRES 

CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

CHIEF OF POLICE and KEEPER OF LOCKUP 

WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 

BOARD OF APPEALS 

Eustic B. Grimes, 1957 

CONTRIBUTORY RETIREMENT BOARD 

Harold E. Austin, 1955 

VETERANS' DAY COMMITTEE 

Austin 1). Mosco 
Karlo D 'Agnese 
Harvey H. Beadle 

FOURTH OF JULY COMMITTEE 

Antonio Parletta 

Edward F. Flynn, Jr. 

Francis P. Wall, Chief of Police 



Eaymond O. Doane 

Fred Sargent, Edward J. Connellf 

Charles H. Lampard 

Francis P. Wall 

Cedric L. Arnold 

C, Glover Bowes, 1956, Chairman 
T. Paul Corcoran, Jr., 1955 

John G. McLearn, 1956, Chairman 
I. Murray Adams, Secretary 

Albert F. Pashby 



Lewis H, Berry 
Samuel S. Fallon 
Frederick C. Burk 
Lawrence O. Witter 
Charles H. Lam})ard, Fire Chief 



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PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE Richard B. Johusou, Chairman 

Robert B. Hegarty Richard P. Breed 

Irving E. Doliber John S. Way 



APPOINTED BY MODERATOR 



FINANCE COMMITTEE 

J. Dane Chandler, 1955 
Richard Chambers, 1956 
Harvey P. Newcomb, 1956 
Vera F. Gould, 1956 
Richard Coughlin, Secretary J 



Harold P. Willett, 1955, Chairman 
Richard B. Johnson, 1955 
Francis N. Lang, Secretary 
Herbert C. Heggie 
Jacob Shactman 



BUILDING BY-LAWS REVISION COMMITTEE 

David J, Abrahams 
Donald C. Goss 



Raymond O. Doane 
Edwin A. Fuller 
John F. Milo 



WAGE COMMITTEE 

Frederick N. Balsor 
Charles E. Hammann 
Harvey P. Newcomb 

BY-LAWS COMMITTEE 

James W. Santry Jr. 
Frank B. Wallis 
Paul C. Stevens 



Philip N. Gierke, Chairman 
William E. Carey 
Thomas M. Sullivan, Secretary 



Richard Blake, Chairman 
Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr. 

William Carey 
Richard Chambers 



COMMITTEE TO STUDY BEACH RIGHTS 

Roger J. Cornell 
Anthony F. Pierre 

PUBLIC BUILDING NEEDS COMMITTEE 

Nelson J, Darling, Jr. 
Philip Kitfield 

COMMITTEE TO STANDARDIZE BUDGETS 

David F. Doherty 
Eugene L. Abrams 

STANLEY SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Blanche E. Doyle 
Walter H. Forbes, Jr. 



Dr. Charles E. Donovan 
John J. Foley 
Norbert Ulman 

Andrew R. Linscott, Chairman 
Doris Linden 
Richard G. Appel, Jr. 

Harold R. Austin, Chairman 
I. Murray Adams 
Charles L, Blatchford 

Fred S. Brennan, Chairman 
Crawford H. Stocker, Jr. 
George Sanderson 



HADLEY SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Precinct 1 — George Knowlton 

Precinct 2 — Philip H. Stafford 

Precinct 3 — Roger G. Skinner 

Precinct 4 — Burt Harding 

Precinct 5 — David M. Roach 

Precinct 6 — Fred Brennan 

Mrs. Kenneth T. White, Member-at-Large 

HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE 

Precinct 1 — Mahlon G. Knowles 

Precinct 2 — Albert H. Waite 

Precinct 3 — George W. Smith 

Precinct 4 — Frederick P. Proughton 

Precinct 5 — Marion Doen Morse 

Precinct 6 — Bruce Hamlin 

Frank B. Wallis, Member-at-Large 

Harvey P. Newcomb, Member Finance Committee 

George A. Chadwell, School Committee 



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Town Meeting Members 



Expiration 1955 

Frederick N. Balsor 
Gertrude P. Balsor 
J, Dane Chandler 
Laura M. Cole 
Anthony M. D 'Agnese 
Virginia L. Doughty 
Geremia Foglietta 
Lillian T. Friedman 
Bennett Gallo 
James E. Hanley 
Robert B. Hegarty 
William A. Hineh 
Karl V, Johnson 
Kenneth T. Johnson 
Eobert A. Linden 
Frank T. Roach 
Charles E. Snow 
Carl F. Turner 



PRECINCT ONE 

Expiration 1956 

I. Murray Adams 
Leonard H. Bates 
Leonard H. Bates, Jr. 
Lewis H. Berry 
Chester E, Bradley 
William J. Carlin 
Frederick R. Champion 
John H. Cropley, Jr. 
Frank A. Drinkwater 
William F. Durgin, Jr. 
Alfred N. Frazier 
Herbert F, Frazier, Jr. 
Otto W. Friedman 
C. Frank Hathaway 
Andrew B. Holmes, Jr. 
Paul L. Koch 
J, Richard Maitland 
Arnold L. Snow 



Expiration 1957 

Reno S. Bisegna 
Thomas J. Boyce, Jr. 
Theodore A. Brown 
Mary A. Cappucio 
Joseph Fiore 
Nicholas Gallo 
Eric A. Holmgren 
Seldon D. Hulquist 
Ralph H. Jackson, Jr. 
Hazel I. Johnson 
Doris B. Linden 
John J. Mattera 
Davis A. Nickerson 
Raymond H. Nickerson 
Joseph S. Rodrick 
Pearl A. Snow 
Arthur Venture 
Ralph W. Wade 



Expiration 1955 

Charles L. Blatchford 
Archie C. Cornish, Jr. 
Harvey A. Craig 
Robert L. Cunningham 
Eldridge T. Davis 
Stuart W. Graham 
Lotta A. Hempel 
Robert P. Loring 
John A, Massey 
Elmer E. Morley 
Constance M. Newth 
Gerald H. Pashby 
Anthony F. Pierre 
Walter L Ranger 
.Joseph P. Ryan 
Kenneth W. Ulman 
Norh ert A. Ulman 
Kenneth S. Whittier 



PRECINCT TWO 

Expiration 1956 

Thomas E. Andresen 
Philip J. Blood 
Frederick P. Brown 
Thomas J. Cahill 
Peter Cassidy 
George A. Chadwell 
Richard Chambers 
Albert E. Devitt 
Raymond O. Doane 
Lyndon W. Ellis 
Arthur E. Hardy 
Edward K. Hempel 
Harold J. Keating 
Herbert D. Klein 
Thomas M. Newth 
Albert F. Pashby 
Fred H. Whittier, Jr. 
Vacancy 



Expiration 1957 

James E. Champion 
Jeanne M. Craig 
John R. Daley 
George H. Dee 
David F. Doherty 
Leo W. Frechette 
Eva A. Hardy 
William S. Healey 
Herbert C. Heggie 
Harold M. King 
Gertrude G. Massev 
Philip H. Staflford' 
John Stone 
Richard A. Wales 
Donald J. Warnock 
John H. Watts 
Norman C. Whitten 
Philip M. Whitten 



1954 Annual Report 



Expiration 1955 
Eugene L. Abrams 
Lillian M. Atkinson 
Egbert H. Ballard 
Jean W. Cobbett 
Arthur F. Connelly 
Donald W. Fessenden 
Leon A. Hackett 
Eoger W. Henry 
Harold C. Hudson 
Alfred B. Jones 
Charles Losano, Jr. 
Fred W. Mahan 
William J. McGettrick 
Ealph N. Murray 
Fred M. Seaton 
Harold B. Vray 
J. Henry Welch* 
Lawrence O. Witter 



PRECINCT THREE 

Expiration 1956 
George B. Atkins 
Harold R. Austin 
Henry S. Baldwin 
Clarence C, Bates 
Ralph E. Bicknell 
John A. Boston 
Robert G. Byrne 
Harry E. Cahoon 
Thomas F. Collins 
Adolph G. DiBenedetto 
Harold G. Enholm 
Clarence M. Finch 
Loring Grimes 
Philip H. Kitfield 
John J, Lally 
Ernest Manchin 
Daniel J. Myers 
Harvey P. Newcomb 



Expiration 1957 

Robert L. Benford 
Alfred F, Chatterton 
J, Campbell Deveney 
Roland N. Devitt 
Howell E. Estey 
Ralph E. Gould 
John Clarke Kane 
John G. McLearn 
Dorothy W. Mills 
Ernest O. Mills 
Edward E, Moore 
Spencer E. Olson 
Margaret M. Scanlon 
Harry M. Shanahan 
Roger G. Skinner 
Henry zx. Sleeper 
George W. Smith 
Henry J. Zimmermanu 



Expiration 1955 

Benjamin F. Allen 
Leta E. Anderson 
Barbara Bailey 
Benjamin B. Blanchard 
William E. Carey 
Edward P. Carroll 
John R. Cooper 
Gorham L. Dermody 
John J. Frazier 
Burt F. Harding 
Everett C. Howe 
Wendell F. Jones 
Wilbur T. Moulton 
George J. Place 
Robert C. Smith 
Frank S. Stowell 
C. Wendall Wood 
Vacancy 



PRECINCT FOUR 

Expiration 1956 

Walter K. Anderson 
Chester A. Brown 
Edward F. Burke 
Harold F. Carlson 
Walter M. Champion, Jr. 
Frank G. W. Coletti 
Richard Coughlin 
Paul C. Curtis 
Albert G. Doane 
Elizabeth W. Forbes 
Walter H. Forbes, Jr. 
Vera F. Gould 
George E. Hutchinson 
Philip L. Knowlton 
Andrew R. Linscott 
Harry D. Linscott 
Raymond P. Miller 
Vincent P. O'Brien 



Expiration 1957 
Richard B. Coan 
P. Starr Cressey 
Harry G. Davis 
Edith P. Deutsch 
Ralph B. Earle 
Clementine L. Emery 
Lester B. Farwell 
Loring B. Frazier 
Helen E. Gillen 
George W. Howell 
Harold G. Hussey 
James R. Maddock 
Harold L Power 
Willard F. Stearns 
Hatherly A. Stoddard, 
Jr. 

B. Shapleigh Symonds 
Robert L. Webster 
Roger A. Williams, Jr. 



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Expiration 1955 
Glenn W, Bartram 
C. Glover Bowes 
Leslie L, Broadbridge 
Joseph Cardillo 
Edward D. Cook 
Kenneth V. Curtis 
Vincent B. Easterbrooks 
M. A^irginia Fallon 
Edwin A. Fuller 
Eustis B, Grimes 
Walter V. Hatfield 
Francis N. Lang- 
Louis J. Marino 
Ralph S, Maxwell 
.June Morse 
Anthony J, Queena 
William H. Eothwell, 2nd 
Harold P. Willett 



PRECINCT FIVE 

Expiration 1957 

Thomas A, Bailey 
Israel Bloch 
Dorothy M. Booma 
Roland C. Booma 
James W. Buchanan 
Louis C. Bufalino 
Edward T. Chamberlain 
Donald E. Costin 
John P. Costin 
Samuel S. Fallon 
Roger N. Howes 
Edward D, Loveday 
Francis H. Maitland 
Ralph Mayo 
Lester B. Morley 
Marion Doen Morse 
Amos E. Russell 
.lames W. Santry, Jr. 



Expiration 1956 
David .r. Abrahams 
Bernard L Baker 
Edith M. Bloch 
.Joseph Braccio 
Frederick C. Burk 
Maxwell Field 
Philip M. Folger 
Michael M. Ingalls 
Francis M. Kirkpatrick 
Elihu N. Morse 
Carl J. Pagano 
Ervin D. Remick, .Jr. 
Harold S. Rubin 
-Jacob Shactman 
Francis L. Smith 
Thomas W. Southward 
Harold P. Symmes 
Donald .J. Whidden 



Expiration 1955 

Douglas F. Allen 
Fred S, Brennan 
W^illiam F. Bufalino 
Bernard F. Carey 
Frederic P. Clark 
Charles E. Donovan 
Richard B. Johnson 
Forrest E, Mason, Jr. 
William H. McCarty, Jr. 
Charles G. Price 
William W. Prichard 
Joel W. Reynolds 
Albert N. Rothermel 
Theodore C. Sargent 
A, Hall Stiles, .Jr. 
A. Stuart Walker 
Kenneth T. White 
Ralph I^. Williams 
* Deceased 



PRECINCT SIX 

Expiration 1956 

.John H. Blodgett 
Richard P. Breed 
Richard P. Breed, Jr. 
William T. Carpenter 
Nelson J. Darling, .Jr. 
A. Bruce Durkee 
Paul W. Fitzpatrick 
Bruce Hamlin 
George W. Howe 
Robert F. K:imball 
.Joseph Langmaid 
Laurence B. Leonard 
Henry R. Mayo, Jr. 
.Jeanne W. McCarty 
Robert F. O'Neill ' 
E. Benjamin Redfield,Jr. 
(Jrawford H. Stocker .Jr. 
John S. Way 



Expiration 1957 

Dorothy Iv. Allison 
Richard G. Appel, .Jr. 
Bradlee M. Backman 
Richard E. Blake 
Philip N. Gierke 
Charles M. Ewing 
George J. Harrington 
Robert U. Ingalls 
Bertram C. Jacobs 
Harold A. Johnson 
Arnold C. Reynolds 
Ezra V. Saul 
Owen J. Southwiek 
George F. Vincent 
Frank B. Wallis 
Lillian T. White 
Grace C. Whiteacre 
Robert J. Williams 



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1954 Annual Report 



Board of Selectmen 

Vincent P. O'Brien, Chairman 
Frederick R. Champion 
Edward K. Hempel 

To The Citizens of Swampscott: 

We submit the following report for your information and consideration. It is 
the second report which we as a Board have submitted. 

INTRODUCTION 

Last year vv^e called attention to the rapidly increasing costs of government 
being encountered on the national, state and local levels. We pointed out that 
with our tax rate having reached an all-time high of $48, it was imperative that 
prudent economy be practiced in the expenditure of public funds and that accord- 
ingly we had initiated a rigid economy program. Through the combined efforts 
of various town officials and departments and with the cooperation of the Finance 
Committee and the Town Meeting Members, Swampscott enjoyed its first tax 
reduction in thirteen years. This reduction was brought about without in any way 
curtailing essential services and in fact it was done during a period in which many 
progressive improvements were being made. 

HURRICANES CAROL AND EDNA 

On August 31st a devastating hurricane officially known as Carol struck New 
England with little warning. Many lives were lost throughout New England, how- 
ever there were no deaths or serious injuries in Swampscott for which we are most 
grateful. Property damage was very heavy and exceeded even that of the 1938 hur- 
ricane. We declared a "state of emergency" while the storm was at its height. This 
action empowered the various town departments to take every appropriate step 
including the hiring of extra help and equipment to clear the highways and facili- 
tate the normal movement of peoplt and vehicles throughout the town. Although 
hundreds of trees were felled, many blocking the public thoroughfares, every street 
was made passable before the day was over thanks to the wonderful work of the 
emergency crews. 

Telephone and electrical services were seriously disrupted and were not re- 
stored in many parts of the town for several days. We kept in touch constantly with 
the Lynn Gas and Electric Company and the New England Telephone and Tele- 
graph Company and we wish to record our thanks to them for their cooperation 
and to commend them for their herculean efforts to restore normal services through- 
out the town. 

The Director of Accounts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized 
us to spend up to $60,000 for hurricane relief work. The actual expenditures made 
by the town amount to $48,021.25. It is expected that nearly all of this sum will 
be reimbursed to the town by the Commonwealth as a result of special legislation 
proposed by His Excellency Governor Christian A. Herter and enacted at a special 
session of the Legislature held September seventh. 

A second hurricane Edna swept over us on September 11th before the fallen 
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the second storm was not as serious in Swampscott as the first, but it did cause more 
trees to fall and again disrupted the public utilities. 

One of the principal problems encountered after the first hurricane was the 
disposal of tree trunks and slash which rapidly developed into a serious fire menace 
throughout the town because of the dehydrating effect of the wind-driven ocean 
spray on the leaves and branches. Mr. Theodore C. Cooke, President of the Lynn 
Sand & Stone Company, offered the use of one of that Company's quarries for the 
burning of all hurricane debris. This offer was gratefully accepted and the town 
is indeed indebted to Mr. Cooke since the carting of material out of town would 
have been a costly and delaying task. 

The Board of Selectmen has officially commended the Park, Highway, Street 
and Sewer Departments as well as the regular and auxiliary Police and Fire Depart- 
ments for their participation in the hurricane relief work. We are happy to express 
again our praise to them and to all those who helped in any way. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

The Fire Department consists of a Fire Chief who is appointed by the Board 
of Selectmen, a Deputy Chief, five Captains, and twenty-five Firefighters, all of 
whom are appointed by the Fire Chief. All members of the Department are under 
Civil Service classification. 

Last year we pointed out that in the not too distant future it would be neces- 
sary to replace the 1932 and 1935 fire pumpers now in use in the town. In line with 
our recommendations v/hich were supported by the Finance Committee, the Town 
Meeting Members authorized the purchase of two new 750 gallon pumpers. This 
is a progressive step which will assure the town of increased fire protection. The new 
apparatus is now on order from the Maxim Motor Company, Middleboro, Mass., 
which was the low bidder for furnishing the equipment. 

The continuing need for a modern Central Fire Station is a problem which 
requires serious consideration. We believe that this subject should receive the study 
of a special committee and recommend that the Town Meeting authorize such a 
committee under an article which v/e are sponsoring in conjunction with the Chief 
of the Fire Department. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

The Police Department consists of a Chief of Police, three Captains, and 
twenty Patrolmen, plus a Reserve Police Force of five men. All members of the 
Department are appointed by the Board of Selectmen and are under Civil Service 
classification. 

We have continued our close study of methods to enhance the efficiency of the 
Police Department. Last year we called attention to the fact that the town's custom 
of replacing one of the three police cars each year resulted in excessively high ex- 
penditures for maintenance and rc Tairs as the cars advanced in age. We recommended 
that the town replace the two cars generally used by the Department for patrol 
work each year. The Finance Committee and the Town Meeting Members accepted 
this recommendation and authorized the purchase of two prowl cars at the last 
Annual Town Meeting. We are sure that if these cars are replaced each year, sub- 
stantial savings will be affected. 



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We have requested the Chief of PoHce to purchase two shotguns and a teargas 
gun and these weapons will be readily available in the event of any major difficulty. 
We have arranged to have the members of the Department given periodic target 
practice so that each of them will be ready for any emergency. 

During the year and particularly last summer, there was some difficulty with 
teenage groups or gangs coming to Swampscott and causing disturbances. The Board 
directed the Chief of Police to take very firm action to end such disturbances, even 
to the point of having our patrolmen carry night sticks. Fortunately it was not neces- 
sary to go to this extreme since the firm action taken by the Department appears to 
have discouraged any further difficulties of this type. 

TRAFFIC AND DRIVING PROBLEMS 

The Automobile Age has furnished every modern-day community v/ith many 
problems concerning the driving and parking of motor vehicles. During the past 
year we have made further amendments to the Traffic Rules and Regulations after 
obtaining recommendations from the Chief of Police and as necessitated by chang- 
ing conditions. 

The excessive speed of motorists passing through our town, particularly along 
Essex Street, Paradise Road and Humphrey Street, is a continuing problem with 
which we are greatly concerned since it so vitally effects the safety of pedestrians 
and motorists alike. We have had the Police Department carry on periodic cam- 
paigns against speeding. We believe that this has helped considerably in reducing 
that danger in our town. Safety on the highways is so important that constant study 
must be made to improve and enforce safe driving conditions. 

CIVIL DEFENSE 

The need for increased activities in Civil Defense is constantly impressed upon 
us as we see the world divided into tvv^o armed camps, each holding completely dif- 
ferent ideologies. We of the West advocate and believe in national and individual 
freedom under God's protection. We find ourselves endangered by the forces of 
atheistic Communism whose leaders seem bent on world domination. We are warned 
of the danger of atom and hydrogen bombs falling on American cities, and we are 
appalled at the thought of the mass destruction which would follow. 

We are compelled to think in terms of self-preservation. We must not think 
of this as a task for someone else to handle. Swampscott can be justly proud of its 
Auxiliary Police Force and its Auxiliary Fire Department. These are two of the best 
equipped and enthusiastically manned units in the whole Commonwealth. The 
rest of our Civil Defense Program needs to be stepped up. Additional willing hands, 
both leaders and workers, must be called upon to help prepare for conditions we 
all sincerely hope and pray will never develop. 

STREET LIGHTING 

The present annual cost for street lighting in Swampscott is approximately 
$40,000. This is a substantial sum and it is important to know whether we are re- 
ceiving the best lighting possible for that amount of money. 

During the past year we invited the Lynn Gas and Electric Company and the 
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throughout Swampscott. They have submitted a splendid report indicating various 
steps that might be taken to modernize the street lighting in our town. The ques- 
tion now arises as to whether we can have some of these improvements without 
materially increasing our expenses. We have requested figures indicating the costs 
involved and hope to have sufficient data available prior to the Annual Town 
Meeting to enable the town to consider taking an initial step in this matter. 

HENRY S. BALDWIN GIFT 

Early in the year Mr. Henry S. Baldwin, a past Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen and one of the town's most outstanding citizens, offered to present his 
superb collection of historical papers to the Town of Swampscott to be stored in 
the new Public Library Addition authorized at the 1954 Annual Town Meeting. 
He also offered to give the sum of $10,000 to defray the expense of a special 
memorial room in which these valuable documents could be stored. On September 
l6th which was Mr. Baldwin's 80th birthday, he came to the Town Hall and at a 
joint meeting of the Board of Library Trustees, the Library Building Committee and 
the Board of Selectmen, he presented his check for $10,000 and signed a deed con- 
veying his historic papers to the town. This very generous action on the part of 
a remarkable citizen of our town is indeed inspiring and we are sure that the name 
of Henry S. Baldwin will be esteemed and honored down through the years to come. 

GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE 

During 1953 Governor Herter held a Conference on State, County, and Muni- 
cipal relations. This Conference, the first of its kind ever held in the Commonwealth, 
proved so successful that the Governor held two additional Conferences during 1954 
— one at Massachusetts State College, Amherst, and the other at Boston. Your 
Board of Selectmen was represented at these Conferences and many problems affect- 
ing all towns were discussed and the exchanging of ideas at the various panels was 
most informative. 

SELECTMEN'S ASSOCIATIONS 

Swampscott has membership in both the Massachusetts Selectmen's Association 
and in the Essex County Selectmen's Association. 

The members of your Board have attended the meetings of both associations 
and feel that much of the information obtained through those sources was beneficial 
to us and enabled us to more effectively carry out our official duties. 

ECONOMY 

We have continued to stress the need of prudent economy. This means the 
wise expenditure of town funds and a determination to obtain full measure for all 
money expended. Faced as we are with continuing increases in the cost of govern- 
ment, this practice must not be relaxed. We are ever mindful of the dual necessity 
of having adequate public service for the citizens of the town while controlling, so 
far as possible, the heavy burden of taxation falling upon the owners of property 
in our community. 

CONCLUSION 

We have endeavored to the best of our abilities to conduct the portion of 
town government coming under our jurisdiction in an efficient and business like 
manner. We express our sincere thanks to all those who have helped and supported 
us in our efforts. 



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Town Clerk 

Malcolm F. MacLean, Toioi Clerk 

TOWN WARRANT 

Monday, March 15, 1954 

Article 1. To choose a Moderator for one (1) year. 

To choose three members of the Board of Selectmen for one ( 1 ) year. 

To choose one member of the Water and Sewerage Board for three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Assessors for three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Park Commission for three (3) years. 

To choose two members of the School Committee for three (3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Library for three 
(3) years. 

To choose one member of the Board of Public Welfare for three (3) years. 
To choose one member of the Board of Health for three (3) years. 
To choose a Surveyor of Highways for three (3) years. 
To choose three constables for one (1) year. 
To choose one member of the Planning Board for five (5) years. 
To choose one member of the Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds for three 
(3) years. 

To choose one member of the Swampscott Housing Authority for five (5) years. 
To choose eighteen (18) representative Town Meeting Members in each Precinct 
for three (3) years. 



To 


choose 
year. 


one 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Member 


in 


Precinct 1 


for one 


(1) 


To 


choose 
year. 


one 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Member 


in 


Precinct 2 


for one 


(1) 


To 


choose 
years. 


two 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Members 


in 


Precinct 2 


for two 


(2) 


To 


choose 
year. 


one 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Member 


in 


Precinct 3 


for one 


(1) 


To 


choose 
years. 


two 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Members 


in 


Precinct 3 


for two 


(2) 


To 


choose 
year. 


two 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Members 


in 


Precinct 4 


for one 


(1) 


To 


choose 
year. 


two 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Members 


in 


Precinct 5 


for one 


(1) 


To 


choose 


one 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Member 


in 


Precinct 6 


for one 


(1) 




year. 


















To 


choose 
years. 


one 


representative 


Town 


Meeting 


Member 


in 


Precinct 6 


for two 


(2) 




All to be V 


oted by ballot 

















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Article 2. To hear and act on the reports of town officials, boards, and com- 
mittees. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 3. To see if the town will vote to accept the progress report of the 
committee appointed under Article 23 of the Warrant for the annual town meeting 
of 1952 to revise the Building By-Laws of the Town of Swampscott and continue 
the said committee in office and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take 
any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Building By-Laws Committee. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to accept the progress report of the 
committee appointed under Article 42 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meet- 
ing of 1952 to investigate wage scales and job classifications for all town employees 
and continue the said committee in office and appropriate the necessary money 
therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Wage Scale Com- 
mittee and the Finance Committee. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer, with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time, in anticipation 
of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1955, and to issue a note 
or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may 
be given for a period of less than one year, in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 
44, General Laws. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Town Treasurer. 

Article 6. To see what action the town will take in relation to the recom- 
mendations calling for the appropriation or expenditure of money, and creation of a 
debt, or the disposition of town property as set forth in the report of officers, 
boards or committees. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 7. To see what action the town will take in relation to the appropria- 
tion of money for departmental and other expenses for the year 1954. Sponsored 
by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 8. To see what action the town will take in relation to salaries of 
elected town officials for the ensuing year. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 9. To see if the town will authorize the Board of Assessors, the Board 
of Park Commissioners, and the Planning Board each, to appoint a member of 
such boards to act as secretary thereof and receive pay therefor, as provided by 
Chapter 41, Section 4A of the General Laws (Ter. Ed.). Sponsored by the Board 
of Assessors, the Board of Park Commissioners, and the Planning Board. 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to the 
account of unpaid bills for the purpose of settling all bills contracted prior to Jan- 
uary 1, 1954 and remaining unpaid at the time of the closing of the town's books 
for the year 1953 according to the records of the Town Accountant. Sponsored 
by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to transfer from the Excess and De- 
ficiency Fund of the town to the account of Current Revenue a sum of money to be 
used and applied by the Board of Assessors in reduction of the tax levy, or take 
any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for 



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the proper observance of the Fourth of July or take any action relative thereto. 
Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for 
the proper observance of Memorial Day or take any action relative thereto. Spon- 
sored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for 
the proper observance of Armistice Day or take any action relative thereto. Spon- 
sored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for 
the purpose of placing lights and other decorations on Humphrey Street during the 
1954 Christmas season or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by the 
Swampscott Business Men's Association, Carl R. Perry, Secretary. 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to carry on a sidewalk construction 
program under the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 83, Sections 25 and 26, 
and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. 
Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to be 
used in conjunction with money appropriated by the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts and the County of Essex for the repair or construction of highways as provided 
by Chapter 90 of the General Laws. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen, 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to extend the sewers in any or all 
of the following streets : Laurel Road, Pine Hill Road, Nantucket Avenue, Coolidge 
Road, Worcester Avenue, or in any other street and appropriate the necessary money 
therefor from available funds by borrowing or otherwise or take any action relative 
thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Health and Water & Sewerage Board. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to extend the sewers in Glen Road and 
Cardillo Terrace and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action 
relative thereto. Petitioned for by Daniel E. Dichirico et al. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to paint the Standpipe and appropriate 
the sum of $3500 therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account or take any 
action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to purchase a compressor and ap- 
propriate the sum of $1500 therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account or 
take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to extend the 16 inch water main in 
Columbia Street from Lynn-Swampscott line to Burrill Street and appropriate the 
sum of $7500 therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account or take any ac- 
tion relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to install new plumbing in the Water 
Department Shop on Pine Street as recommended by the Plumbing Inspector and 
Board of Health and appropriate the necessary money therefor from Water Avail- 
able Surplus or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewer- 
age Board. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $75.00 to 
supplement the appropriation made under Article 47 of the warrant for the Annual 



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Town Meeting of 1953 for the purchase of a truck for the Sewer Department or 
take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Water & Sewerage 
Board to purchase or take by Eminent Domain premises shown as Plate 9 Lots 
598, 599, and 600 of the Assessors' Plans for Standpipe purposes and appropriate 
the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the 
Water & Sewerage Board. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Water & Sewerage 
Board to relocate the two car garage at the Sewer Pump Station and appropriate the 
necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water 
& Sewerage Board. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to replace the drain running along 
the rear of lots on Fuller Avenue connecting with the drain on Cedar Hill Terrace 
and authorize the Water & Sewerage Board to purchase or take by Eminent Domain 
the necessary easements therefor and appropriate the money necessary therefor from 
available funds or from unexpended appropriations or take any action relative there- 
to. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage Board. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to install a drain on Jessie Street as 
petitioned for by Filomena Buonanduci et al. and appropriate the necessary money 
therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Water & Sewerage 
Board. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to lay a drain in Phillips Terrace and 
appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Pet- 
itioned for by Theodore A. Dushan et al. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to enclose Hawthorne Brook from 
Humphrey Street to Sumner Street and appropriate the necessary money therefor 
or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Anne Fox et al. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to repair the wall of the Cemetery on 
Essex Street and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action rela- 
tive thereto. Sponsored by Board of Selectmen and Superintendent of Cemetery. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to purchase a power mower for the 
use of the Cemetery Department and appropriate the necessary money therefor or 
take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Super- 
intendent of Cemetery. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to lay out a new section of the Cem- 
etery and grade the avenues and parks and appropriate the necessary money therefor 
or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and 
Superintendent of Cemetery. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for 
taking the State Census for the year 1955. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $84.38 to 
reimburse Anthony F. D'Agnese for taxes paid by mistake on land on Worcester 
Avenue for the years 1946 through 1953. Petitioned for by Anthony F. D'Agnese 
ct al. 



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Article 36. To see if the town will vote to construct and originally equip and 
lurnish an addition to the Public Library on land adjacent to the present library 
and raise and appropriate the necessary money therefor by transferring from avail- 
able funds by borrowing or otherwise or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored 
by the Trustees of the Public Library. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to modernize the existing toilet and 
install a new public toilet in the Library and install a hot water system and make 
necessary repairs to the drinking fountain as recommended by the Plumbing Inspec- 
tor and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. 
Sponsored by the Trustees of the Public Library. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to replace the lighting fixtures in 
the Public Library and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action 
relative thereto. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Public Library. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Planning Board to 
have a study made of the trunk line and other sewer extensions necessary to take 
care of removing sewage and other wastes from the Little's Point area and appro- 
priate $5000 therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Plan- 
ning Board, Water & Sewerage Commissioners and the Board of Health. 

Article 40. To see if the town will vote to continue the summer recreation 
project and appropriate the sum of $3,000 therefor or take any action relative there- 
to. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. 

Article 41. To see if the town will vote to continue Insect Pest Control work 
as required by Section 11, Chapter 660, Acts of 1948 and that the sum of $5,000 
be appropriated for same or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the 
Board of Park Commissioners. 

Article 42. To see if the town will vote to continue the Dutch Elm Control 
work as required by Section 13, Chapter 761, Acts of 1948 and that the sum of 
$3,000 be appropriated therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by 
the Board of Park Commissioners. 

Article 43. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to 
purchase and erect a section of bleachers on the Westerly side of Blocksidge Field 
at Phillips Park or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park 
Commissioners. 

Article 44. To see if the town will vote to purchase and erect a chain link 
fence along the Easterly side of Phillips Park and appropriate a sum of money 
therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Com- 
missioners. 

Article 45. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money for 
the purchase of shade trees to be planted on accepted streets or take any action rel- 
ative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. 

Article 46. To see if the town will vote to purchase a brush disposal machine 
and appropriate a sum of money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Spon- 
sored by the Board of Park Commissioners. 

Article 47. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $1,000 to 



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loam, seed, and fertilize a section of Phillips Park for additional play space or take 
any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners. 

Article 48. To see if the town will vote to purchase two automobiles to be 
used as patrol cars for the Police Department and appropriate the necessary money 
therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen 
and Chief of Police. 

Article 49. To see if the town will vote to purchase a motorcycle to be used 
by the Police Department and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take 
any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and Chief of 
Police. 

Article 50. To see if the town will vote to amend the By-Laws of the Town 
of Swampscott by adding thereto a new Section 7 of Chapter 3 to read as follows: 

(a) All boards, department heads, committees and officers of the Town 
of Swampscott shall submit the annual budget for each department on forms 
approved by the Committee to Study Standardization of Budgets and the Town 
Accountant. 

(b) All bills and vouchers submitted to the Town Accountant for pay- 
ment by any boards, department heads, committees and officers shall contain 
thereon a reference to the section of the standard budget form to which the 
expenditure shall be charged. 

Sponsored by the Committee to Study Standardization of Budgets. 

Article 51. To see if the town will vote to adopt the following by-law: 

1. All regular employees of the Town of Swampscott, other than those ap- 
pointed by the School Committee, who have served fifteen years shall be granted 
an annual vacation of not less than three weeks per year. 

2. Such vacations shall be granted by the heads of the respective departments 
of the town at such time as in their opinion will cause the least mterference with the 
performance of the regular work of the town. 

Petitioned for by John G. McLearn, et al. 

Article 52. To see if the town will vote to declare that a substantial shortage 
of rental housing accomodations exists in the Town of Swampscott and to con- 
tinue rent control in force and effect in the Town of Swampscott for a period of 
nine months from June 30, 1954 as provided by Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1953. 
Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 53. To see if the town will vote to instruct the Selectmen to include in 
the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1955, for submission to the voters, 
the following question, to be placed on the official ballot: 

Shall sections sixty-nine C to sixty-nine F, inclusive, of Chapter forty-one of 
the General Laws, providing for the establishment of a board of public works 
exercising the powers of certain other departments and town officers be ac- 
cepted } 

Sponsored by the Public Works Committee. 

Article 54. To see if the town will vote to instruct the Selectmen to include 
in the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1955, for submission to the voters, 
the following question, to be placed on the official ballot: 



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Shall the town vote to have its Selectmen act as the Board of Public Works? 
Sponsored by the Public Works Committee. 

Article 55. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to purchase or take by eminent domain for cemetery purposes a lot of land with the 
buildings thereon shown as Plate 13, Lot 4 of the Assessors' Plans of the Town of 
Swampscott and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative 
thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and the Superintendent of Cemeteries. 

Article 56. To see if the town will vote to accept Section 57 A of Chapter 48 
of the General Laws, as amended, which is an act providing that fire fighters and 
certain others in certain cities and towns shall be given an additional day off duty 
or, under certain circumstances, an additional day's pay when they are required to 
work on certain legal holidays. Petitioned for by Charles H. Lampard et al. 

Article 57. To see if the town will vote to amend the Zoning By-Laws by 
providing that the following described area be included in Business B-1 District, 
or otherwise be rezoned to permit the construction of buildings and maintenance 
and use of the same and land for retail business or any of the uses referred to in 
the Zoning By-Laws under Section 4 : 

Land on Paradise Road belonging to Lillian A. Little and bounded and des- 
cribed as follows: 

Northwesterly and Westerly by Paradise Road 1907.79 feet; Northerly by Vin- 
nin Street 172.88 feet; Northeasterly by Salem Street 485 feet; Southerly, 
Southeasterly, Northeasterly and Northerly in various courses by other land of 
Lillian A. Little 921.80 feet. 

Southeasterly by land of Tedesco Country Club 1437.98 feet; Southwesterly 
by land of Tedesco Country Club 108.58 feet; Northwesterly by land of Ted- 
esco Country Club 137.74 feet; Southwesterly by land of Tedesco Country 
Club in two courses 86.19 feet. 
Be all said measurements more or less. 
Petitioned for by Lillian A. Little et al. 

Article 58. To see if the town will vote to purchase one or two new fire engine 
pumpers of 750 gallon capacity and appropriate the necessary money therefor or 
take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Chief of the Fire Department and 
Board of Selectmen. 

Article 59. To see if the town will vote to repair the Phillips Beach Engine 
House and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative 
thereto. Sponsored by the Chief of the Fire Department. 

Article 60. To see if the town will vote to purchase or take by eminent do- 
main land in the rear of the Old Town Hall and in the rear of the Police Station 
and on said land and on Town-owned land located between the Police Station and 
the Old Town Hall, construct and originally equip and furnish a new Central Fire 
Station and raise and appropriate the necessary money therefor by transferring from 
available funds by borrowing or otherwise or take any action relative thereto. 
The land to be taken for the above purpose is bounded and described as fol- 
lows: Northeasterly by Rock Avenue 26.27 feet; Southeasterly by land of 
Lowd and the Town of Swampscott 178.18 feet; Southwesterly by land now 



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or formerly of Goldberg and Collins 65.29 feet; Northwesterly by land now 
or formerly of Benford, 160.80 feet containing 7480 sq. feet more or less 
and being shown as lot 136A Plate One of the Assessors' Plans. 
Sponsored by the Chief of the Fire Department. 

Article 6l. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Park Com- 
missioners to purchase or take by eminent domain for park purposes the land located 
at the easterly end of Fisherman's Beach and appropriate the necessary money there- 
for or take any action relative thereto. Said land is bounded and described as fol- 
lows: 

Easterly, by Puritan Road on 3 courses, 22 feet, 161.79 feet, and 64.82 feet; 
Northwesterly, by a public way to beach, 180 ft. more or less; Southwesterly 
by the Atlantic Ocean, 179.69 ft. Said premises are shown on Plan of Land 
in Swampscott, Scale 1 inch equals 20 feet, dated August 20, 1948, Howard L. 
Hamill, Town Engineer. 

Sponsored by the Park Commissioners. 

Article 62. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to purchase or take by Eminent Domain for school purposes, the land hereinafter 
described and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative 
thereto; said land is described as follows: 

Westerly by land of New Ocean House Inc., 650 ft. more or less; North- 
westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 73 ft. more or less; Northeaster- 
ly by other land of the Town of Swampscott, 680 ft. more or less ; Northwester- 
ly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 153 ft. more or less; Westerly by land 
of the Town of Swampscott, 22 ft. more or less; Northwesterly by said land 
of the Town of Swampscott, 260 ft. more or less; Northeasterly by land of the 
Town of Swampscott on three courses, 63 ft., 20 ft. and 220 ft. more or less; 
Easterly by land now or formerly of Florence N. Ross, 252 ft. more or less; 
Southerly by land now or formerly of Sherwin J. and Marilyn H. Gerber, Pur- 
itan Lane, and Mabel R. Rosenthal, 257 ft. more or less; Easterly by land now 
or formerly of Mabel R. Rosenthal, 125 ft. more or less; Southerly by land now 
or formerly of Maurice and Gertrude Fogel and the estate of Israel A. Rat- 
chesky, 345 ft. more or less ; Westerly by land now or formerly of Robert and 
Clara S. Stone, 55 ft. more or less ; Southerly by land now or formerly of Robert 
and Clara S. Stone and Florence N. Lord, 230 ft. more or less; Westerly by 
land now or formerly of Maurice Homes Inc., 104 ft. more or less; Southerly 
by land now or formerly of Maurice Homes Inc., 98 ft. more or less. 
Said parcels of land are shown on Assessors' Plans of the Town of SwampSLOti: 
Plate 24, as part of Lots 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 76 and the whole of Lots 
20, 21, 2lA and 22 and contains according to the above description approx- 
imately 321,250 sq. ft. of land. 

Sponsored by the School Committee. 

Article 63. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Moderator to appoint 
a School Building Committee and authorize the said committee to engage an archi- 
tect to prepare complete plans and specifications and engineering data for the con- 
struction of a new High School on the location described in the preceding article 
(viz. in the rear of Phillips Park) and appropriate the necessary money therefor 
from available funds or from the tax levy or take any action relative thereto. Spon- 
sored by the School Committee. 



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Article 64. To see if the town will vote to accept Duke Street as a public 
way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard 
L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. 
Petitioned for by William T. Walsh et al. 

Article 65. To see if the town will vote to accept Young Avenue as a public 
way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard 
L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. 
Petitioned for by Rosalyn R. Esterkes et al. 

Article 66. To see if the town will vote to accept Longley Avenue as a public 
way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard 
L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers 
Petitioned for by Melvin D. Musinsky et al. 

Article 67. To see if the town will vote to accept Shelton Road from 170. 
feet east of Beverly Road to Alden Road as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen 
in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on con- 
dition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by George S. 
Gordon et al. 

Article 68. To see if the town will vote to accept Charlotte Road as a public 
way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard 
L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. 
Petitioned for by Edna Grob et al. 

Article 69. To see if the town will vote to accept King's Beach Terrace from 
the point of acceptance to the northerly end thereof as a public way as laid out by 
the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town En- 
gineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned for by 
Kenneth A. Freedman et al. 

Article 70. To see if the town will vote to accept Forest Avenue a distance of 
approximately 160 feet easterly from the 1949 acceptance line as a public way as 
laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, 
Town Engineer on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. Petitioned 
for by Annamae Frazier. 

Article 71. To see if the town will vote to accept Phillips Terrace as a public 
way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with the plans drawn by Howard 
L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers. 
Petitioned for by Theodore A. Dushan et al. 

Article 72. To see if the town will vote to resurface Eastman Avenue and 
appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Pet- 
itioned for by Michael Vernava et al. 

Article 73. To see it the town will vote to resurface Bates Road and appro- 
priate the necessary money therefore or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned 
for by Celia Kalish et al. 

Article 74. To see if the town will vote to resurface Porter Court with hot 
top and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative there- 
to. Petitioned for by Alice E. Burt et al. 



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Article 75. To see if the town will vote to resurface Muriel Road and ap- 
propriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Pet- 
itioned for by Charles S. Feldman et al. 

Article 76. To see if the town will vote to resurface or repair Deer Cove 
Road and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative there- 
to. Petitioned for by Florence B. Nelligan et al. 

Article 77. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to pur- 
chase or take by eminent domain approximately 492 square feet of land located on 
the northwesterly corner of Humphrey Street and Forest Avenue for highway pur- 
poses and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative there- 
to. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 78. To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to settle 
the land damage claims arising out of the taking of land by the County Commis- 
sioners for the widening of Humphrey Street between the Boston & Maine Rail- 
road and Salem Street and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any 
action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 79. To see if the town will vote to accept an Act of the Great and 
General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorizing the Town to 
pay to Charlotte M. Rodrick, widow of Woodbury L. Rodrick, former employee 
of the Highway Department, an annuity for life of the sum of twelve hundred 
dollars, the same to be paid in equal monthly installments. Petitioned for by Al- 
bert F. Pashby, et al. 

Article 80. To see if the town will vote to pay to Charlotte M. Rodrick, 
widow of Woodbury L, Rodrick, former employee of the Highway Department, 
an annuity for life of the sum of twelve hundred dollars, the same to be paid in 
equal monthly installments, subject to authorization by the Great and General 
Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Petitioned for by Albert F. Pash- 
by et al. 

Article 81. To see if the town will vote to authorize and direct the board ot 
Park Commissioners to prepare a long-range plan for the development of a portion 
of the land located at the end of Plymouth Avenue accepted as a gift from Louis 
Gutterman and the Homesites Realty Company under the vote under Article 17 
of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1951 and appropriate the neces- 
sary money therefor or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Edward 
S. Underwood et al. 

Article 82. To see if the town will vote to rescind its acceptance of a gift of 
land from Louis Gutterman and the Homesites Realty Company under vote under 
Article 17 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 1951. Sponsored by 
the Board of Selectmen, 

Article 83. To see it the town will vote to authorize the Surveyor of High- 
ways to purchase one 1/2 ton pick-up truck and sell or trade one 1/2 1939 pick-up 
truck for the use of the Highway Department and appropriate the necessary money 
therefor or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Surveyor of High- 
ways. 



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1954 Annual Report 



Article 84. To see if the town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to 
relieve the surface water condition on Winshaw Road or take any action relative 
thereto. Petitioned for by Mary M. Hutchinson et al. 

Article 85. To see if the town will vote to reimburse Abram Bixby and Wil- 
liam H. Rothwell, 2nd for the construction of a new drain under Little's Point 
Road and appropriate the necessary money therefor or take any action relative 
thereto. Petitioned for by William H. Rothwell 2nd. 

Article 86. To see if the town will vote to amend Chapter 2-B of the By- 
Laws, by inserting therein Section 6- A as follows: "A roll-call vote shall be taken 
on every motion made in pursuance of any request article in the warrant for any 
town meeting that calls for the raising and/or appropriating or transfer of funds 
amounting to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or more," or take any action 
relative thereto. Petitioned for by Leon A. Hackett et al. 

Article 87. To see if the town will vote to amend Chapter III of the By- 
Laws, by inserting therein Section 3- A as follows: "The annual town report shall 
contain the names and addresses of all town officers and employees, together with 
the total amount of compensation received by each from the town during the pre- 
ceding year," or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by Leon A. Hac- 
kett et al. 

Article 88. To see if the town will vote to take land by Eminent Domain for 
a way and construct a new road connecting Aspen Road and Millet Road, as 
shown on a plan titled "Proposed Land Taking, for New Road from Aspen Road 
to Millett Road," and dated January 1934, signed by W. W. Pratt, Engineer, on 
file in the office of the Town Engineer, and appropriate the necessary money there- 
for or take any action relative thereto. Petitioned for by May Maxwell et al. 

Article 89. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to sell or otherwise dispose of Real Estate now or hereafter owned by the town and 
acquired through foreclosure or purchased under General Laws (Ter. Ed.), Chap- 
ter 60, as amended, for non-payment of taxes and appropriate a sum of money 
therefor, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 90. To see what action the town will take on the matter of transferring 
certain unexpended balances, as shown on the books of the Town Accountant as 
of December 31, 1953, to the Excess and Deficiency Fund, or take any action rela- 
tive thereto. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 91. To appropriate and raise by borrowing or otherwise, under any 
general or special law which authorizes the town to raise money by borrowing or 
otherwise, such sum or sums of money as may be necessary for any or all of the 
purposes mentioned in the foregoing articles. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen. 



March 10, 1954 

On the above date Kenneth W. Ulman submitted his written resignation as a 
member of the Finance Committee, effective March 11, 1954. 



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Town of Swampscott 



ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
Monday. March 15, 1954 

The following number of votes were cast: 

Precinct 1 400 

Precinct 2 532 

Precinct 3 447 

Precinct 4 370 

Precinct 5 478 

Precinct 6 413 

Total Votes Cast 2640 

Precinct 1 2 3 4 5 6 

Moderator for 1 Year 

Eichard B. Johnson 159 205 181 138 232 268 

Kenneth W. Ulman (E) 203 278 235 198 199 116 

Blanks 38 49 31 34 47 29 

Selectmen for 1 Year 

Frederick E. Champion (E) . . 266 362 300 273 336 321 

Edward K. Hempel (E) 227 373 317 276 328 319 

Vincent P. O'Brien (E) 254 374 319 300 359 320 

Lawson H. O'Brien 221 192 163 122 163 104 

Blanks 232 295 242 139 248 175 

Water and Sewerage Commissioner for 3 Years 

George B. Atkins (E) 250 303 267 166 184 194 

Eoger A. Williams, Jr Ill 195 159 185 249 181 

Blanks 39 34 21 19 45 38 

Assessor for 3 Years 

Ernest Manchin (E) 259 395 330 261 277 269 

William D. Brown, Jr 102 100 89 84 169 115 

Blanks 39 37 28 25 32 29 

Park Commissioner for 3 Years 

Frederick C. Burk (E) 348 447 393 319 413 367 

Blanks 52 85 54 51 65 46 

School Committee for 3 Years 

George A. Chadwell (E) 305 438 356 303 344 310 

Lillian I. White (E) 252 324 293 240 324 300 

Blanks 243 302 245 197 288 216 

Trustee of Public Library for 3 Years 

Euth M. Barry (E) 299 389 346 286 333 302 

Harold S. Eubin 54 87 72 55 107 74 

Blanks 47 56 29 29 38 37 

Board of Public Welfare for 3 Years 

Norbert A. Ulman (E) 319 421 359 291 345 328 

Blanks 81 111 88 79 133 85 

Board of Health for 3 Years 

Eobert C. Thompson (E) 21 102 89 128 108 156 

Blanks 379 430 358 242 370 257 

Surveyor of Highways for 3 Years 

Timothy J. Eyan (E) 278 416 324 275 325 331 

Eeno S. Bisegna 104 92 92 73 113 54 

Blanks 18 24 31 22 40 28 



Total 



1183 
1229 
228 



1858 
1840 
1926 
965 

1331 



1364 
1080 
196 



1791 
659 
190 



2287 
353 



2056 

1733 
1491 



1955 
449 
236 



2063 
577 



604 
2036 



1949 
528 
163 



1954 Annual Report 



Precinct 


1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


Total 


Constable for 1 Year 
















Wayne Anderson (E) 


276 


371 


298 


226 


292 


281 


1744 


Leonard H. Bates (E) 


278 


407 


345 


261 


318 


300 


1909 


John Mattera (E) 


239 


297 


238 


167 


272 


288 


1501 


Frank G. W. Coletti 


187 


222 


203 


232 


236 


130 


1210 


Blanks 


220 


299 


257 


224 


316 


240 


1556 


Planning Board for 5 Years 
















Ealph L. Williams (E) 


306 


390 




oU 1 


oo 1 


<>4:0 


904.8 


Blanks 


94 


142 






191 




592 


Commissioner of Trust Funds for 3 Years 














400 


532 


447 


370 


478 


413 


2640 


Housing Authority for 5 Years 














Eugene S. Moreau (E) 


80 


45 


72 


49 


30 


37 


313 




320 


487 


375 


321 


448 


376 


2327 



Town Meeting Members 

Keno S. Bisegna (E) 215 

Theodore A. Brown (E) 237 

Mary A. Cappucio (E) 195 

Joseph Fiore (E) 220 

Nicholas Gallo (E) 226 

Eric A. Holmgren (E) 229 

Selden D. Hulquist (E) 223 

Ealph H. Jackson, Jr. (E) 230 

Hazel I. .Johnson (E) 233 

Doris B. Linden (E) 215 

David A. Niekerson (E) 231 

Raymond H. Niekerson (E) 219 



for 3 Years, Precinct 1 

Joseph S. Eodrick (E) 227 

Arthur Ventre (E) 219 

Ealph W. Wade (E) 217 

Thomas J. Boyce, Jr. (E) 215 

Harold L. Jacobs, Jr 184 

John J. Mattera (E) 186 

J. Thomas Eiley 175 

Elaine A. Eodrick 155 

Woodbury L, Eodrick, Jr 167 

Pearl A. Snow 184 

Blanks 2598 



Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 1 

6 Blanks 

for 3 Years, Precinct 2 

Donald J. Warnock (E) 



Carl Turner (E) 

Town Meeting Members 

John E. Daley (E) 356 

George H. Dee (E) 328 

David F. Doherty (E) 343 

Eva A. Hardy (E) 339 

William S. Healey (E) 337 

Herbert 0. Heggie (E) 325 

Harold M. King (E) 325 

Gertrude G. Massey (E) 321 

Philip H. Stafford (E) 345 

John Stone (E) 339 

Town Meeting Members 

Herbert D. Klein (E) 22 

Town Meeting Members 

Anthony F. Pierre (E) 8 

Town Meeting Members 

Eobert L. Benford (E) 289 

Alfred F. Chatterton (E) 271 

J. Campbell Deveney (E) 287 

Eoland N. Devitt (E) 288 

Howell E. Estey (E) 283 

John Clarke Kane (E) 288 

John G. McLearn (E) 305 

Dorothy W. Mills (E) 283 

Ernest O. Mills (E) 276 

Edward E. Moore (E) 276 



394 



324 

Philip M. Whitten (E) . . . 311 

James E. Champion (E) 297 

Jeanne M. Craig (E) 305 

Leo W, Frechette (E) 301 

Eichard A. Wales (E) 325 

John H. Watts (E) 294 

Norman C. Whitten (E) 324 

Blanks 3737 



for 2 Years, Precinct 2 

Blanks 

for 1 Year, Precinct 2 

Blanks 



510 



524 



for 3 Years, Precinct 3 

Spencer E. Olson (E) 282 

Margaret M. Scanloii (E) 297 

Harry M. Shanahan (E) 285 

Eoger G. Skinner (E) 282 

Henry A. Sleeper (E) 285 

George W. Smith (E) 272 

Ealph E Gould (E) 22 

Harry J. Zimmermann (E) 34 

Blanks 3441 



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Town Meeting Members for 2 Years, Precinct 3 

Daniel J. Mvers (E) 20 Blanks 

Adolf G. DiBenedetto (E) 14 



860 



Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 3 

Charles Losano, Jr. (E) 19 Blanks 



428 



Town Meeting Members for 3 Years, Precinct 4 



P. Starr Cressey (E) 235 

Ealph B. Earle (E) 248 

Clementine L. Emery (E) 247 

Lester B. Farwell (E) 247 

Loring E. Frazier (E) 237 

Helen E. Gillen (E) 238 

George W. Howell (E) 238 

Harold G. Hussey (E) 227 

James R. Haddock (E) 230 

Harold I. Power (E) 246 



Willard F. Stearns (E) 254 

Hatherley A. Stoddard, Jr. (E) .. 240 

B. Shapleigh Symonds (E) 230 

Richard B. Coan (E) 224 

Edith P. Deutsch (E) 201 

Robert L. Webster (E) 243 

Roger A. Williams, .Jr. (E) 278 

Harrv S. Davis (E) . . . 8 

Blanks 2589 



Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 4 

Benjamin B. Blanchard (E) 14 Blanks 

C. Wendell Wood (E) 8 



Town Meeting Members for 3 Years, Precinct 5 



David J. Abrahams (E) 273 

Maxwell Field (E) 274 

Philip M. Folger (E) 290 

Michael M. Ingalls (E) 268 

F. Martin Kirkpatrick (E) 291 

Elihu N. Morse (E) 295 

Ervin D. Remick, Jr. (E) 293 

Francis L. Smith (E) 305 

Tliomas W. Southward (E) 309 

Harold P. Symmes (E) 287 



718 



Donald S. Whidden (E) 281 

Bernard L. Baker (E) 232 

Edith M. Bloch (E) 236 

Frederick C. Burk (E) 347 

Harold S. Rubin (E) 238 

Jacob Shactman (E) 23 

Carl J. Pagano (E) 21 

Joseph Brace io (E) 2(i 

Blanks 4321 



Ralph Mayo (E) 



Town Meeting Members for 2 Years, Precinct 5 

15 Blanks 



463 



Town Meeting Members for 1 Year, Precinct 5 

Anthony J. Queena (E) 15 Blanks 

Leslie L, Broadbridge (E) 14 



927 



Town Meeting Members for 3 Years, Precinct 6 



Dorothy K. Allison (E) 296 

Richard G. Appel, Jr. (E) 281 

Richard E. Blake (E) 296 

Philip N. Gierke (E) 287 

Charles M. Ewing (E) 282 

George J. Harrington (E) 292 

Robert IT. Ingalls (E) 286 

Bertram C. Jacobs (E) 287 

Harold A. Johnson (E) 282 

Arnold C. Reynolds (E) 276 



Owen J. Southwick (E) 
George F. Vincent (E) . 
Frank B. Wallis (E) . . , 



280 
285 



Lillian J. White (E) 293 

Robert 1. Williams 280 

Bradlee M. Backman (E) 244 

Ezra V. Saul (E) 214 

Grace C. Whiteacre (E) 36 

Blanks 2660 



Town Meeting Members for 2 Years, Precinct 6 

Jeanne W. McCarty (E) 19 Blanks 



394 



Town Meeting Member for 1 Year, Precinct 6 



A. Stuart Walker (E) 



283 



Blanks 130 



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1954 Annual Report 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday. March 23, 1954 

In accordance with the adjournment of Monday, March 15, 1954, the Town 
Meeting Members were called to order at 7:55 P.M., the necessary quorum being 
present (250). 

The Town Meeting Members were sworn in by the Town Clerk, Malcolm F. 
MacLean, Jr. 

Meyer Finkelstein, Rabbi of Temple Israel, offered an Invocation. 

The warrant with the return thereon was read by Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr., 
Town Clerk. 

Voted: That the reading of the records of the last meeting be omitted. 

Voted: Article 2. That the Town discharge the By-Law Committee and 
instruct the Moderator to appoint new committee to collect and codify the By- 
Laws of the Town and amendments thereto. 

Voted: Article 3. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That this article be adopted and that the sum of $250.00 be appropriated 
therefor. 

Voted: Article 4. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the committee on Job Classification and Wage Scale be continued. 

Voted: Article 5. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Tovv^n authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board 
of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time, in anticipation of the revenue 
for the financial year beginning January 1, 1955, and to issue a note or notes there- 
for, payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for 
a period of less than one year, in accordance with Chapter 44 of the General Laws. 

Voted: Article 6. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 7. That the Cost of Living Item, under wages, be made 
permanent. 

Voted: That the total School Budget of items 97, 98, 99 and 100 be 
$643,609.00. 

Voted : To accept the report of the Finance Committee and adopt their recom- 
mendations as amended above: 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appropriations Totals 

Moderator 

Salary 150.00 ] 50.00 

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Town o\ 



Finance Committee 

Secretary 

Expenses 

Town Meeting 

Selectmen 

Chairman 

Associates (2) 

Secretary 

Clerk .\ 

Extra Clerical 

Expenses 

Town Accountant 

Accountant 

Clerk 

Clerk (Half time) 

Extra Clerical 

Expenses 

New Equipment 

Calculating Machines Rental 

Treasurer 

Treasurer 

Clerk 

Part Time Clerk 

Extra Clerical 

Expenses 

Certification of Notes and Bonds 

Collector of Taxes 

Tax Collector 

Clerk 

Expenses 

Town Counsel 

Salary 

Expenses 

Town Clerk 

Town Clerk 

Clerk 

Extra Clerical 

Vital Statistics 

Expenses 

Out of State Travel 

Board of Assessors 

Chairman 

Associates (2) 

Canvassers (6) 

Secretary 

Clerk 

Second Clerk 

Extra Clerical 

Expenses 

Elections and Registrations 

Registrars (4) 

Election Officers 

Canvassers (5) 

Clerk 

Extra Clerical 

Expenses 



600.00 
150.00 

200.00 



750.00 
1,200.00 

900.00 
2,711.45 

100 00 
2,225.00 

4,613.57 
2,711.45 
1,355.73 
100.00 
581.00 
190.00 
90.00 



1,980.00 
2,600.00 
1,200.00 
100.00 
2,490.00 

25.00 



2,292.45 
2,711.45 
3,350.00 



2,200.00 
500.00 



1,302.45 
2,711.45 
100.00 

800.00 
900.00 
400.00 



1,650.00 
1,100.00 
300.00 

50.00 
2,711.45 
2,446.00 

70.00 
3,550.00 

700.00 
3,200.00 

450.00 
2,711.45 
75.00 
3,400.00 



600.00 
150.00 

200.00 



5,661.45 
2,225.00 



8,780.75 
581.00 
190.00 
90.00 



5,880.00 
2,490.00 

25.00 



5,003.90 
3,350.00 



2,200.00 
500.00 



4,113.90 
800.00 
900.00 
400.00 



8,327.45 
3,550.00 



7,136.45 
3,400.00 



1954 Annual Report 



Engineering 

Engineer 

Assistant Engineer 

Trausitman 

Rodman-Inspector 

Extra Yearly Help 

Expenses 

Administration Building 

Custodian 

Assistant Custodian 

Assistant Custodian 

Expenses 

Equipment Repairs 

Town Hall 

Expenses 

Planning Board 

Clerk 

Expenses 

Board of Appeals 

Clerk 

Expenses 

Contributory Retirement 

Clerk 

Secretary 

Expenses 

Pension Accumulation Fund 
Military Service Credit .... 



5,740 00 
4,940.00 
3,940.00 
3,540.00 
6,200.00 
2,146.32 



3,953.55 
3,521.11 
3,521.11 
2,250 00 
800.00 



1.650.00 



50.00 
1,000.00 



200.00 
400.00 



1,355.72 
260.00 
805.00 
26,612.00 
186.79 



PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY 

Police 

Chief 5,018.90 

Captains (3) 14,010.60 

Patrolmen (20) 77,828.00 

Reserves 15,161.81 

Secretary 2,711.45 

Extra Clerical 100.00 

Expenses 9,030.43 

Mobile Radio System 1,100.00 

Uniforms 900.00 

State Police Training 200 00 

Out of State Travel 400.00 

Fire 

Chief 5,018.90 

Deputv Chief 4,670.00 

Captains (5) 21,613.00 

Regulars (25) 97,285.00 

Reserves 3,580.64 

Extra Labor 963.00 

Overtime 1,000.00 

Expenses 10,085.00 

Out of State Travel 175.00 

Uniforms 700.00 

Hydrant Rental 1,000.00 

Repair Phillips Beach Station 500.00 

Civilian Defense 

Director 1,533.00 

Expenses 3,000 00 



24,360.00 
2,146.32 



10,995.77 
2,250.00 
800.00 



1,650.00 



50.00 
1,000.00 

200.00 
400.00 



1,615.72 
805.00 
26,612.00 
186.79 



114,830.76 
9,030.43 
1,100.00 
900.00 
200.00 
400.00 



134,130.74 
10,085.00 
175.00 
700.00 
1,000.00 
500.00 



1,533.00 
3.000.00 



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Town of Swampscott 



Forest Warden 

Salary 100.00 100.00 

Constable 

Salary 100.00 100.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Salary 550.00 550.00 

Expenses 815.00 315.00 

Inspector of Buildings 

Inspector 2,200.00 

Assistant 330.00 2,530.00 

Expenses 210.00 210.00 

Inspector of Wire 

Inspector 1,000.00 1,000.00 

Expenses 100.00 100.00 

Dog Officer 

Salary 880.00 880.00 

Expenses 400.00 400.00 

Insurance 10,062.21 10,062.21 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Appropriations Totals 

Health Department 

Board (3) 550.00 

Health Officer 4,040.00 

Health Nurse 3,051.16 

Clerk 2,711.45 

Extra Clerical 400.00 

Physician's 75.00 

Inspector of Animals 500.00 11,327.61 

Expenses 7,770.00 7,770.00 

Refuse and Garbage 39,995.00 39,995.00 

Sewer Department 

Commissioners (3) 495.00 

Superintendent 4,994 24 

One Man 3,801.28 

One Man 3,540.28 

Clerk 348.80 

Overtime 1,050.00 14,229.60 

Expenses 4,850.00 4,850.00 

Emergency Sewers 1,450.00 1,450.00 

Relocate Pump Station 700.00 700.00 

Cemetery 

Superintendent 4,432.32 

Labor (4) 14,159.44 

Extra Labor 800.00 

Overtime 700.00 

Extra Clerical 150.00 20,241.76 

Expenses 4,098.00 4,098.00 

Rotary Drill 335.00 *335.00 

* Voted that $335.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund. 

Purchase Cemetery Lot 192 00 $192.00 

% Voted that $192.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund. 

Lined Vaults 1,000.00 tl,000.00 

t Voted that $1,000.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots 
Fund. 

Chain Saw 250.00 J250.00 

X Voted that $250.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund. 



1954 Annual Report 



Highways and Bridges 

Surveyor 

Clerk 

Laborers (26) . . . . 
Expenses 

Snow and Ice 

Salary 

Expenses 

Lighting Streets 



4,914.90 
240.00 
92,036.36 
24,000.00 



7,000.00 
4,000.00 
37,000.00 



97,191.26 
24,000.00 



7,000.00 
4,000.00 
37,000.00 



CHARITIES 

Appropriations Totals 

Public Welfare 

Board Members (3) 385.00 

Secretary 100.00 

Clerk 2,711.45 

Agent 572.00 3,768.45 

Eelief 13,000.00 13,000.00 

Disability Assistance 6,000.00 6,000.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 8,000.00 8,000.00 

Old Age Assistance 

Bureau Members (3) 990.00 

Secretary 100.00 

Agent 3,596.44* 

Clerk 2,711.45* 

Social Worker 3,340.00* 10,737.89 

* Voted that $3,000.00 of Agent's salary, $2,500.00 of Social 
Worker 's salary be paid from O.A.A. U.S. Grant Administration, 
$1,000.00 of the Clerk's salary be paid from A.D.C. U.S. Grant, 
and the remainder from the tax levy. 

Old Age Assistance 80,000.00 80,000.00 

Veterans Services 

Director 1,320.00 1,320.00 

Expenses 435.00 435.00 

Assistance 2,900.00 2,900.00 

Equipment 38.25 38.25 

Pensions 

Highway 6,926.60 

Fire 19,264.04 

Police 7,166.52 

Dog Officer 500.00 33,857.16 

Workmen's Compensation 

Agent 50.00 50.00 

Expenses 1,350.00 1,350.00 



SCHOOLS 



Schools 

Salaries 

Expenses 

Auxiliary Agencies . . 

Outlay 

Out of State Travel . 

Lunch Account 

Vocational Education 



Appropriations 

536,059.00 
86,050.00 
18,000.00 
3,500.00 
750.00 
200.00 
3,200.00 



Totals 

536,059.00 
86,050.00 
18,000.00 
3,500.00 
750.00 
200.00 
3,200.00 



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Town of Swampscott 



LIBRARY 





Aj)propriations 


1 orajs 


T ii 1^7*0 v\r 

±j\\ji <xi y 




T ii r~iT*ti 1*1 Q n 






Children 's Librarian 


3,249.26 




Eeference Assistant 


8,249.26 




Circulation Assistant 


2,711.45 




Office Assistant 


2,420.00 




Janitor 


;i,470.oo 




Assistants per hour 


1,700 00 




Substitute Janitor 


100.00 


21,365.60 




8,907.00 


8,907.00 


Park 






Superintendent 


4,914.90* 




Regular Labor 

Special Help 


39,208.46 




2,881.74 




Secretary 


50.00 




Extra Labor 


1,500.00 




Overtime 


500.00 




Sound Technician 


60.00 


49,115.10 


Expenses 

*Voted that the Superintendent 's 


13,150.00 


13.150.00 


salary be fixed at $4 914.90. 


Moth Control 


5,000.00 


5,000.00 


Dutch Elm 


3,000.00 


3,000.00 


Shade Trees 


500.00 


500 00 



UNCLASSIFIED 

Appropriations Totals 

Legion Lease 1,750.00 1,750.00 

Town Reports 2,000.00 2,000.00 

Reserve Fund 20,000.00 ^20,000.00 

*Voted that $20,000.00 be appropriated from the Overlay Roser\(\ 

ENTERPRISES 

Water 

Commissioners (3) 1,485.00 

Superintendent 5,140.00 

Clerk 3,123 20 

Assistant Clerk 2,711.45 

Labor (1) 3,801.28 

Labor (6) 21,241.68 

Meters 1,600.00* 

Standby Pay 2,257.32 

Extra Labor 1,600.00 42,959.93 

Expenses 9,455.00 9,455.00 

* Voted that rate of pay not to exceed $50.00 weekly per man. 

Metropolitan Water Tax . . . ' 33,000 00 ' 33,000.00 

Loan and Interest 8,160.00 8,160.00 

Emergency Water 10,000.00 10,000.00 

Pipe and Fittings 7,500.00 7,500.00 

Voted that the sum of $80,574.93 be appropriated from the Water 
Department Receipts for the year 1954, and that the sum of 
$30,500.00 be transferred from the Water Available Surplus 
Account to the Water Department for the following items: 
Metropolitan Water Tax, Emergency Water and Pipe and Fittings. 

Interest 

General Debt 25,318.75 

Temporary Loans 1,500.00 

Bank Service Charge 59 50 26,878.25 



1954 Annual Report 



Maturing Debt 

General Debt Inside 81,000.00 

General Debt Outside 28,000.00 109,000.00 

CONTROLS 

Rent Control 

Clerk 695.00 695.00 

Expenses 25.00 25.00 

Voted: Article 8. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town fix the salary and compensation of all elective officers of the 
Town as provided by Section 108 of Chapter 41, General Laws, as amended: 



Selectmen (;}) 

Chairman $ 750.00 

Another Member 600.00 

Another Member 600.00 

Moderator 150.00 

Town Clerk 1,302.45 

Collector of Taxes 2,292 45 

Water and Sewerage Commissioners (3) 

Chairman 1,100.00 

Another Member 440.00 

Another Member 440.00 

Assessors (3) 

Chairman 1,650.00 

Another Member 550.00 

Another Member 550.00 

Treasurer 1,980.00 

Board of Public Welfare (3) 

Chairman 165.00 

Another Member 110.00 

Another Member 110.00 

Board of Health (3) 

Chairman 220.00 

Another Member 165.00 

Another Member 165.00 

Surveyor of Highways 4,914.90 

Constable (one of three) 100.00 



All effective from January 1, 1954. The appropriations necessary to provide 
for the payment of these rates are in the budgets of the various departments under 
Article 7. 

Voted: Article 9. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Board of Assessors, the Board of Park Commis- 
sioners and the Planning Board each to appoint a member of such Boards to act 
as Secretary thereof and that the salary of such incumbents be fixed at $50.00 per 
year, as provided by Section 4- A, Chapter 41, General Laws. The appropriations 
necessary to pay these salaries have been provided for in Article 7. 



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Voted: Article 10. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 11. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town transfer from the Excess and Deficiency Fund Account to the 
Current Revenue Account the sum of $175,000.00 said sum to be used and applied 
by the Board of Assessors in reduction of the tax levy for the year 1954. 

Voted: Article 12. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate $1,200.00 for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 13. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate $1,000.00 for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 14. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate $200.00 for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 15. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate $300.00 for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 16. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town carry on a sidewalk construction program under the provisions 
of General Laws, Chapter 83, Sections 25 and 26 and that the sum of $6,500.00 be 
appropriated therefor. 

Voted: Article 17. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 18. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town extend the sewers in any or all of the following streets: Laurel 
Road, Pine Hill Road, Nantucket Avenue, Coolidge Road, Worcester Avenue and 
in any other streets recommended by the Board of Health and the Water and Sew- 
erage Board and that the sum of $35,000.00 be appropriated therefor to be raised 
as follows: 

That $7,459.82 be transferred from the Puritan Road sewer appropriation; and 
that $7,000.00 be transferred from the State Road appropriation and that the 
balance, namely $20,540.18 be appropriated from the tax levy for the current year. 

Voted: Article 19. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

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Voted: Article 20. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town paint the standpipe and that the sum of $3,500.00 be appro- 
priated therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account. 

Voted: Article 21. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town purchase a compressor for the Water Department and that the 
5um of $1,500.00 be appropriated therefor from the Water Available Surplus 
Account. 

Voted: Article 22. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as foUcws: 

That the Town extend the 16" water main in Columbia Street from the Lynn- 
Swampscott line to Burrill Street and that the sum of $7,500.00 be appropriated 
therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account. 

Voted: Article 23. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate the sum of $800.00 from the Water Available 
Surplus Account for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 24. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $75.00 be appropriated for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 25. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Water and Sewerage Board be authorized to purchase or take by emi- 
nent domain the premises shown as Plate 9, Lots 598, 599, 600 of the Assessors' 
Plans for the purpose of erecting a standpipe thereon and that the sum of $1,600.00 
be appropriated therefor from the Water Available Surplus Account. Unanimous. 

Voted: Article 26. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed as the monies necessary to 
•do this work have been appropriated in the Sewer Department budget. 

Voted: Article 27. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Water and Sewerage Board be authorized to purchase or take by emi- 
nent domain necessary easements to replace the drain running along the rear of lots 
on Fuller Avenue and connecting with the drain on Cedar Hill Terrace and that 
the sum of $10,500.00 be appropriated therefor in the manner following: 

That $1,374.01 be transferred from the Bay View Drive drain account; that 
the sum of $7,313.49 be transferred from the New Ocean House account; and that 
the sum of $1,812.50 be appropriated from the tax levy for the current year. Unani- 
mous. 

Voted: Article 28. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town install a drain on Jessie Street and that the sum of $2,500.00 
be appropriated therefor. 



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Voted: Article 29. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 30. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 31. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows : 

That the sum of $1,500.00 be appropriated from the Cemetery Lots Fund for 
the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 32. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $900.00 be appropriated from the Cemetery Lots Fund for 
the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 33. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town layout a new section of the Cemetery and grade the avenues 
and parks and that the sum of $10,000.00 be appropriated therefor as follows: 

That $6,000.00 be transferred from the Cemetery Lots Fund and that $4,000.00 
be appropriated from the tax levy of the current year. 

Voted: Article 34. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $750.00 be appropriated for the purpose of this article. 

Voted: Article 35. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the sum of $84.38 be appropriated for the purpose of this article. 

Voted: Article 36. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town construct and originally equip and furnish an addition to the 
Public Library on land adjacent to the present library; that the said construction 
be carried on by a committee of five to be appointed by the Moderator, one of 
whom shall be a member of the Board of Library Trustees ; that the said committee 
shall have the power to engage an architect to prepare plans and specifications, to 
enter into contracts for the construction of the said addition to the Library and to do 
all things necessary to equip and furnish said addition to the Public Library and 
that the sum of $80,000.00 be appropriated therefor to be raised as follows: 

That $10,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current 
year and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be 
authorized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $70,000.00 and to 
issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor payable in accordance with the provisions 
of Chapter 44 of the General Lav/s so that the whole loan shall be paid in not more 
than twenty (20) years from the date of the issuance of the first bond or note or 
such earlier date as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
may determine. Unanimous. 



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Voted: Article 37. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 38. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town replace the lighting fixtures, except the children's room, in the 
Public Library and appropriate therefor the sum of $6,500.00. 

Voted: Article 39. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 40. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 for the purposes of this arti- 
cle. 

Voted: Article 41. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 42. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 43. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 44. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate the sum of $800.00 for the purpose of this article. 

Voted: Article 45. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 46. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town purchase a brush disposal machine and that the sum of 
$3,000.00 be appropriated therefor. 

Voted: Article 47. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 for the purpose of this 
article. 

Voted: Article 48. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town purchase tv/o automobiles to be used as patrol cars for the 
Police Department and that the sum of $3,200.00 be appropriated therefor and 
that the Selectmen be authorized to sell or trade two patrol cars now being used 
by the Police Department. 

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Voted: Article 49. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town purchase a motorcycle for the Police Department and that 
the sum of $1,150.00 be appropriated therefor. 

Voted: Article 50. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That this article be adopted. Unanimous. 

Voted: Article 51. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That this article be adopted. Unanimous. 

Voted: Article 52. To continue rent control in force and effect in the 
Town of Swampscott for a period of nine months from June 30, 1954, as provided 
by Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1953, and appropriate the sum of $695.00 to cover 
the cost of administration thereof for the period July 1, 1954 to December 31, 1954. 
For: 155 ; Against: 75. 

Voted: Article 53. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 
That this article be adopted. 

Voted: Article 54. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 
That this article be adopted. 

Voted: Article 55. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Tov/n authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by emi- 
nent domain for cemetery purposes a lot of land with the buildings thereon shown 
as Plate 13, Lot 4 of the Assessors' Plans of the Town of Swampscott and that the 
sum of $1.00 be appropriated therefor. Unanimous. 

Voted: Article 56. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 
That this article be adopted. 

Voted: Article 57. That no action be taken on this article. For: 125; 
Against: 133. The Planning Board made their report. 



ADJOURNED ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday, March 30, 1954 

Voted: To dispense with the reading of the records of the last meeting. 

Voted: Article 58. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town purchase two 750-gallon fire engine pumpers for the Fire De- 
partment and that the Selectmen be authorized to trade in or otherwise sell or dis- 
pose of the present two old fire engine pumpers and that the sum of $32,000.00 be 
appropriated therefor to be raised as follows: 



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That $8,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current 
year and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be auth- 
orized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $24,000.00; and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town therefor, payable in accordance with the provisions of 
Chapter 44 of the General Laws so that the whole loan be paid in not more than 
five years from date of the issuance of the first bond or note or such earlier date as 
the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, may determine. For: 
210, Against: 16. 

Voted: Article 59. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: To dispense with the reading of the description of article 60. 

Voted: Article 60. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: To dispense with the reading of the description of Article 61. 

Voted: Article 61. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Board of Park Commissioners to purchase or 
take by eminent domain for park purposes the land located at the easterly end of 
Fisherman's Beach and that the sum of One ($1.00) Dollar be appropriated there- 
for. Said land is bounded and described as follows: 

Easterly by Puritan Road on 3 courses, 22 feet, 161.79 feet and 64.82 feet; 

Northwesterly by a public way tc beach, 180 feet more or less; 

Southwesterly by the Atlantic Ocean, 179.69 feet. 

Said premises are shown on Plan of Land in Swampscott, Scale 1 inch equals 
20 feet, dated August 20, 1948, Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer. Unanimous. 
Voted: To dispense with the reading of the description of Article 62. 

Voted: Article 62. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by eminent 
domain for school purposes the land hereinafter described and that the sum of 
Seventy Thousand ($70,000.00) Dollars be appropriated therefor to be raised as 
follows: 

That $10,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current 
year, and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be 
authorized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $60,000.00 and to 
issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor payable in accordance with the provisions 
of Chapter 44 of the General Laws so that the whole loan shall be paid in not more 
than twenty (20) years from the date of the issuance of the first bond or note or 
such earlier date as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
may determine. The land to be taken is bounded and described as follows: 

Westerly by land of New Ocean House, Inc., 650 feet more or less: North- 
westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 73 feet more or less; Northeasterly 
by other land of the Town of Swampscott, 680 feet more or less ; Northwesterly by 
land of the Town of Swampscott, 153 feet more or less; Westerly by land of the 



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Town of Swampscott, 22 feet more or less; Northwesterly by said land of the Town 
of Swampscott, 260 feet more or less; Northeasterly by land of the Town of 
Swampscott on three courses, 63 feet, 20 feet and 220 feet more or less; Easterly 
by land now or formerly of Florence N. Ross, 252 feet more or less; Southerly by 
land now or formerly of Sherwin J. and Marilyn H. Gerber, Puritan Lane, and 
Mabel R. Rosenthal, 257 feet more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of 
Mabel R. Rosenthal, 125 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of 
Maurice and Gertrude Fogel and the estate of Israel A. Ratchesky, 345 feet more or 
less; Westerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone, 55 feet more 
or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone and 
Florence N. Lord, 230 feet more or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of 
Maurice Homes, Inc., 104 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of 
Maurice Homes, Inc., 98 feet more or less. 

Said parcels of land are shown on Assessor's Plans of the Town of Swampscott 
Plate 24, as part of Lots 11, 12, 13. 14, 15, 23, 76 and the whole of Lots 20, 21, 
21-A, and 22 and contain according to the above description approximately 321,250 
square feet of land. Roll call vote; For: 166, Against: 80. 

Voted: Article 63. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town appropriate $20,00.00 for the study and preliminary plans 
and specifications and contractors' estimates of costs which mclude $2,000.00 for 
adequate borings to be taken for the high school at the proposed site at Phillips 
Park, that the Town authorize the Moderator to appoint a School Building Com- 
mittee of five citizens, one of whom shall be selected from the School Committee. 

Voted: Article 64. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town accept Duke Street as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen 
in accordance with plans drawn by Howard L. Hamill, Town Engineer, on con- 
dition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers and that the sum of $2,570.00 be 
appropriated therefor. Planning Board concurs. 

Voted: Article 65. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. Planning Board concurs. 

Voted: Article 66. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to take by eminent domain 
two parcels of land located on Longley Avenue for the purpose of a way and that 
the sum of ($1.00) dollar be appropriated therefor. Said land is more particularly 
bounded and described as follows: 

Part 1 : Beginning on the East side of Atlantic Avenue and the Northwest 
corner of land owned by Vaneita A. O'Brien; then S 53°-26'-12'' E by land of 
Vaneita A. O'Brien for a distance of five hundred and seventy-two and forty-six 
one hundredths (572.46) feet; thence S 6l°-39'50'' E. by land of Vaneita A. 
O'Brien and Edgar and Myra B. Lebow for a distance of two hundred and ninety- 
nine and fifty-seven one hundredth:, (299.57) feet to the Westerly side of Brown 
Road; thence curving in a Southwesterly direction with a radius of thirty (30.00) 
feet for a distance of five and forty-nine one hundredths (5.49) feet to the Norther- 
ly side line of Longley Avenue; thence N 6l°-39'-50'' W along the Northerly line 



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of Longley Avenue for a distance of two hundred and ninety-four and sixteen one- 
hundredths (294.16) feet; thence N 33°-26'-12" W along the Northerly side of 
Longley Avenue for a distance of five hundred and seventy-two and sixty one 
hundredths (572.60) feet to the Easterly side line of Atlantic Avenue; thence 
curving in a Northeasterly direction with a radius of nine hundred and fifty-seven 
and seventy-eight one hundredths (957.78) feet for a distance of fifty-two one- 
hundredths (0.52) feet to the point of beginning. 

The above-described parcel contains 435 square feet plus or minus. 

Part 2: Beginning on the Easterly side of Brown Road and the corner of 
land owned by Edgar and Myra B. Lebow; thence S 6l°-39'-50'' E by land of Edgar 
and Myra B. Lebow for a distance of one hundred and eigthy-four and twenty-five 
one hundredths (184.25) feet to the Westerly side line of Ocean Avenue; thence 
S 73°-43'-50" W along the Westerly side line of Ocean Avenue for a distance of 
seventy-one one hundredths (0.71) feet to the intersection of the Northerly side 
line of Longley Avenue; thence N 6r-39'50''' W along the Northerly side line of 
Longley Avenue for a distance of one hundred seventy-eight and twenty-nine one 
hundredths (178.29) feet to the beginning of a curve to Brown Road; thence 
curving Northwesterly by Brown Road with a radius of thirty (30.00) feet for a 
distance of five and forty-eight one hundredths (5.48) feet to the point of beginning 

The above-described parcel contains 90 square feet, plus or minus, and both 
parcels are shown on a Plan of Land, now or formerly owned by Longley Colony, 
Inc., situated in the Town of Sv/ampscott dated March 10, 1954, drawn not to scale 
and signed by Howard L. Hamili, Town Engineer. Planning Board concurs. 
Unanimous. 

Voted: Article 67. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town accept Shelton Road from 170 feet east of Beverly Road to 
Alden Road as a public way as laid out by the Selectmen in accordance with plans 
drawn by Howard L. Hamili, Town Engineer, on condition that all abutters sign 
the necessary waivers and that the sum of $2,880.00 be appropriated therefor. 
Planning Board concurs. 

Voted: Article 68. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town accept Charlotte Road as a public way as laid out by the 
Selectmen in accordance with plans drawn by Howard L. Hamili, Town Engineer, 
on condition that all abutters sign the necessary waivers and that the sum of 
$1,880.00 be appropriated therefor. Planning Board concurs. 

Voted: That article 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, and 76 be considered together. 

Voted: Articles 69-76 (incl.) That action on these articles be indefinitely 
postponed. 

Voted: Article 77. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase or take by 
eminent domain approximately 492 square feet of land located on the northwesterly 
corner of Humphrey Street and Forest Avenue for highway purposes and that the 
sum of one ($1.00) dollar be appropriated therefor. Said land is bounded and 
described as follows: 



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Beginning at the interesection of the Westerly side of Humphrey Street and 
the Southerly side of Forest Avenue, and a stone bound set at this intersection; 
thence S 24°-23'-40'' W by Humphiey Street for a distance of eighty-one and twenty 
one hundredths (81.20) feet to a stone bound set at the angle point of Humphrey 
Street; thence S 50°-25'-50'' W by Humphrey Street for a distance of eighty-one and 
twenty one hundredths (81.20) feet; thence curving in a Northeast direction with 
a radius of three hundred and fifty-one and twenty-one one hundredths (351.21) 
feet for a distance of one hundred and fifty-nine and sixty one hundredths (159.60) 
feet, by land of George S. and Ada G. Hosmer, to the point of beginning. 

The above-described parcel contains four hundred and ninety-two (492) square 
feet plus or minus. For: 135, Against: 40. 

Voted: Article 78. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to settle the land damage 
claims arising out of the taking of the land by the County Commissioners for 
the widening of Humphrey Street between the Boston and Maine Railroad and 
Salem Street and appropriate Two thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars for the purposes 
of this article. 

Voted: That articles 79 and 80 be considered together 

Voted: Articles 79 and SO. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, 
as amiended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town pay Charlotte M. Rodrick, widow of Woodbury L. Rodrick, 
former employee of the Highway Department, an annuity for life of the sum of 
twelve hundred dollars, the same to be paid in equal monthly installments, subject 
to authorization by the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, and that the sum of $1,200.00 be appropriated to pay the same for the 
current year. For: 95, Against: 67. 

Voted: That articles 81 and 82 be considered together. 

Voted: Articles 81 and 82. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on these articles be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 83. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Surveyor of Highways to purchase a 1/2 *^on jeep 
type truck and sell or trade a 1/2 ton 1939 pick-up truck for the use of the Highway 
Department and appropriate the sum of Twenty-Four Hundred ($2,400.00) Dol- 
lars for the purposes of this article. 

Voted: Article 84. To accept the report of the Finance Committee as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 
That this article be laid on the table. 

Voted: Article 85. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 86. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 
That this article be laid on the table. 



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Voted: Article 87. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 88. To accept the report of the Finance Committee, as 
amended, and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Selectmen to purchase or take by eminent domain 
for a way 8212 square feet of land together with the necessary slope easements as 
shown on plan, "Proposed Land taking for New Road from Aspen Road to Millett 
Road dated January, 1934, W. W. Pratt, Town Engineer" and that the sum of 
$1,401.00 be appropriated therefor. Unanimous. 

Voted: Article 89. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose 
of real estate now or hereunder owned by the Town and acquired through fore- 
closure or purchased under General Laws (Ter. Ed.) Chapter 60, as amended, for 
non-payment of taxes. 

Voted: Article 90. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town transfer to the Excess and Deficiency Account the following 
unexpended balances as shown on the Town Accountant's books as of December 31, 



1953: 

1. Blodgett Avenue $ 938.65 

2. Dale Street 188.27 

3. Stanley Road 850.77 

4. Lewis 'Road :^86.28 

5. Allen Road Drain 4,290.09 

6. Brown Road Aeeeptance 151.66 

7. Muriel Road 26.40 

8. Pine Hill Road 129 46 



Total $6,961.58 



Voted: Article 91. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 



April 16, 1954 

On the above date, Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator appointed the following 
to serve on the By-Law Committee. 

Malcolm F. MacLean, Jr. Paul C. Stevens 

James W. Santry, Jr. William Carey 

Frank B. Wallis Richard Blake 

Richard Chambers 



April 16, 1954 

On the above date, Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator appointed the following 
to serve on the Library Building Committee. 

Nelson J. Darling, Jr. Philip Kitfield 

Andrew R. Linscott Doris Linden 

Richard G. Appel, Jr. 



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V/ARRAm FOR SPECIAL ELECTION 
April 26, 1954 

1. Shall the Board of Selectmen be authorized to purchase or take by eminent 
domain for school purposes the land hereinafter described and the sum of seventy 
thousand ($70,000.00) dollars appiopriated therefor to be raised as follows: 

That $10,000.00 be raised and appropriated from the tax levy for the current 
year and that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, be 
authorized to borrow a sum not to exceed the remainder, viz. $60,000.00 and to 
issue bonds or notes of the Town therefor payable in accordance with the provisions 
of Chapter 44 of the General Law<: so that the whole loan shall be paid in not 
more than twenty (20) years from the date of the issuance of the first bond or 
note or such earlier date as the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Select- 
men, may determine. 

The land to be taken is bounded and described as follows: 

Westerly by land of New Ocean House, Inc., 650 feet more or less; North- 
westerly by land of the Town of Swampscott, 73 feet more or less; Northeasterly 
by other land of the Town of Swampscott, 680 feet more or less ; Northwesterly by 
land of the Town of Swampscott, 153 feet more or less; Westerly by land of the 
Town of Swampscott, 22 feet more or less; Northwesterly by said land of the 
Town of Swampscott, 260 feet more or less; Northeasterly by land of the Town of 
Swampscott on three courses, 63 feet, 20 feet and 220 feet more or less; Easterly 
by land now or formerly of Florence N. Ross, 252 feet more or less; Southerly 
by land now or formerly of Sherwin J. and Marilyn H. Gerber, Puritan Lane, and 
Mabel R. Rosenthal, 257 feet more or less; Easterly by land now or formerly of 
Mabel R. Rosenthal, 125 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of 
Maurice and Gertrude Fogel and the estate of Israel A. Ratchesky, 345 feet more 
or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone, 55 feet 
more or less ; Southerly by land now or formerly of Robert and Clara S. Stone and 
Florence N. Lord, 230 feet more or less; Westerly by land now or formerly of 
Maurice Homes, Inc., 104 feet more or less; Southerly by land now or formerly of 
Maurice Homes, Inc., 98 feet more or less. 

Said parcels of land are shown on Assessors' Plans of the Town of Swampscott 
Plate 24, as part of Lots 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 76 and the whole of Lots 20, 21, 
2lA and 22 and contain according to the above description approxi- Yes ( ) 
mately 321,250 square feet of land. No ( ) 

2. Shall the Moderator be authorized to appoint a School Building Committee 
of five citizens one of whom shall be selected from the School Committee and 
shall the sum of twenty thousand ($20,000.00) dollars be appropriated for the 
study, preliminary plans and specifications and contractors' estimates of costs, which 
sum shall include two thousand ($2,000.00) dollars for adequate borings which 
may be taken for the construction of a high school at the proposed Yes ( ) 
site at Phillips Park ? No ( ) 



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The following number of votes were cast: 



Precinct 1 365 

Precinct 2 519 

Precinct 3 453 

Precinct 4 486 

Precinct 5 523 

Precinct 6 547 

Total Vote Cast 2893 

Precincts 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total 
Question No. 1 

Yes 98 165 154 219 240 365 1241 

No (E) 249 326 283 237 250 169 1514 

Blanks 18 28 16 30 33 13 138 

Question No. 2 

Yes 105 167 159 231 260 363 1285 

No (E) 260 344 293 251 262 177 1587 

Blanks 8 1 4 1 7 21 



April 29, 1954 

On the above date, Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator appointed the following 
to serve on the Finance Committee: Richard Chambers, Precinct 2; Herbert C. 
Heggie, at large; Jacob Shactman, at large. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday, May 11. 1954 

Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following Salary and 
Job Classification Plan and designate the same as Chapter XIV of the Town 
By-Laws. 

Chapter XIV Section I — The Plan 

There is hereby established a classification and salary plan, hereinafter desig- 
nated as the plan for the Town of Swampscott under authority of Section 108a of 
Chapter 41 of the General Laws, and all other acts thereto enabling, for positions in 
the service of the Town classifying certain employees other than those filled by 
popular election, those under the direction and control of the School Committee 
into groups and classes doing substantially similar work or having substantially 
equal responsibilities. 

Sec. 2 — Classification of Jobs 

The Official Classification plan for positions in the service of the Town shall 
consist of the classes listed by titles in Section 7a of this Chapter which is hereby 
made a part hereof. 

Sec. 3 — Personnel Board 

(a) There shall be a Personnel Board to administer the plan consisting of five 
members. Three persons, not officers or employees of the Town, shall be appointed 
by the Moderator, one of whom shall be a member of the Finance Committee of 
the Town of Swampscott and two employees, other than elective and appointive 
officers of the Town shall be elected by the employees. 



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(b) The Personnel Board shall be established as soon as the plan is passed by 
the Town Meeting and the members can be appointed. Forthwith, after the effective 
date of this by-law, the Moderator shall appoint three members, one for three years, 
one for two years, and one for one year. Thereafter, the Moderator, not later than 
April 1 of the year in which the term of a member will expire shall appoint his 
successor for a term of three years. 

The employees shall elect two members for three years. The first year, the 
employee representations will be appointed by the moderator. Thereafter, the 
employees, not later than April 1 of the year in which the term of a member will 
expire, shall elect his successor for a term of three years, such election to be con- 
ducted under the jurisdiction of the Board of Selectmen and in accordance with such 
rules and regulations as the Board of Selectmen may prescribe. 

(c) If a member, appointed by the Moderator, resigns or his office becomes 
vacant by his removal from the Tov^n, or other cause, the Moderator shall appoint 
his successor for the balance of the unexpired term of such member. Should a 
vacancy for any reason occur in the membership elected by the employees, the 
employees shall elect his successor for the balance of the unexpired term of such 
member. 

(d) The Personnel Board shall administer the Plan and shall establish such 
procedures as it deems necessary for the proper administration of the plan. 

(e) Forthwith after its election and annually, the Board shall meet and or- 
ganize by electing a Chairman and Clerk. A majority of the Board shall constitute 
a quorum for the transaction of business. A majority vote of the Board shall 
determine the action the Board must take on all matters upon which it is authorized 
or required to pass under the Plan. The Personnel Board may employ assistance and 
incur expenses as it deems necessary, subject to appropriation of funds therefor. 

(f) The Board shall maintain adequate personnel records of all employees 
subject to this plan, said records shall be kept in the custody of the Personnel Board. 
Department Heads shall provide such information as the Personnel Board shall 
request. 

(g) The Personnel Board shall review the work of all employees subject to 
this plan at intervals of not more than three years. The Board may add a new 
position, tentatively, to the classification schedule, or reclassify an existing position 
to a different group, subject to the subsequent ratification of its action by formal 
amendment of the Plan by vote of Town at a Town Meeting. 

(h) The Personnel Board may authorize an entrance rate higher than the 
minimum upon recommendation of a department head, supported by evidence in 
writing of special reasons and exceptional circumstances satisfactory to the Personnel 
Board and such other variance in the Plan as it may deem necessary for the proper 
functioning of the service of the Town. No variance shall become effective unless, 
or until, the necessary funds have been appropriated therefor. 

(i) The Personnel Board shall make an annual report in writing to the Board 
of Selectmen on or before January 20 of each year, 

(j) The Plan may be amended from time to time by vote of any Town Meeting. 

(k) If any request under the salary schedule is denied by the Personnel Board, 
the department, the individual, or Branch of the Town involved, may appeal to 
the Town for a final decision at a subsequent Town Meeting in a special article in 
the Town Warrant. 



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(1) The Personnel Board shall maintain written job descriptions of the jobs 
or positions in the classification schedule of the plan each consisting of a statement 
describing the essential nature of the work, characteristics of the position that dis- 
tijiguish the position from other positions. The description for any position shall be 
construed solely as a means of iclentification and not as prescribing what the duties 
or responsibilities of any position shall be, or as modifying, or in any way affecting, 
the power of any administrative authority, as otherwise existing, to appoint, to assign 
duties to, or to direct and control the work of any employee under the jurisdiction 
of such authority. 

Sec. 4 — Civil Service 

Nothing in this Classification and Salary Plan shall be construed to conflict 
with Chapter 31 of the General Laws. 

Sec. 5 — Physical Examination 

Every person hereinafter employed by the Town subject to this plan except 
occasional or substitute employees, shall undergo a physical examination. The 
examining physician shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall render 
a sealed report of his findings to the Personnel Board having the name of the 
applicant written on the envelope. After receipt of the report has been entered on 
the Personnel Board's records, such report shall be deposited with the Retirement 
Board of safe-keeping, the contents subject to future review only by a physician 
designated by the Selectmen, otherwise the report shall be confidential. 

COMPENSATION PLAN 
Sec. 6 — Salary Schedule 

(a) The salary schedule of the plan, set forth in section 7-b of this Chapter, 
shall consist of the maximum and minimum salaries, step rate salaries, for the 
groups and positions in the classification plan. The salary range of a group shall 
be the salary range for all positions classified in such group. 

(b) All employees shall continue to be paid on an hourly, weekly, monthly, 
or other basis, as at present, except as provided in the salary plan, unless otherwise 
authorized by the Personnel Board or by amendment of the salary plan. 

(c) No board, officer or head of a department shall fix the salary of any 
employee in a position so classified except in accordance with such plan. 

(d) No person shall be appointed, employed or paid as an employee in any 
position subject to the provisions of the plan under any title other than those of 
the classification schedule, or the duties which are actually performed. The job title 
in the plan shall be the official title of the position and shall be used in all 
administrative and employment records. 

(e) All employees included in the plan shall be eligible for reclassification 
and pay adjustment subject to the approval of the Board or authority having im- 
mediate jurisdiction over such employees and the Personnel Board. 

(f) Promotions from minimum to maximum salaries shall be successive steps 
annually, but shall not be mandatory. Individual advancement shall be on a merit 
(Not necessarily on length of service) and shall be subject to approval of the 
Board or authority having immediate jurisdiction over such employee. Any employee 
denied such an increase has the right of appeal to the Personnel Board. In the event 
the Personnel Board denies the appeal or the employee, action may be taken as 
outlined in Section 3, paragraph (k) of this chapter. 



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(g) Any salary rate which is above the maximum rate for a job as estabhshed 
by this salary administration plan shall apply only to the incumbent al the time the 
plan is adopted. 

(h) The hiring rate shall be the minimum of the rate range of the job for 
which the new employee is hired, unless otherwise authorized by the Personnel 
Board. 

(i) The first six months of employment for all new personnel shall be a 
probationary period, at the end of which the employee may advance one step rate, 
provided such an advance is recommended by the Board, or authority having juris- 
diction, to the Personnel Board. Otherwise he shall be eligible for consideration 
after one year of continuous full time service. This shall not apply in the case of a 
transfer or promotion from one job to another. 

(j) Each department head subject to this plan shall include in his estimates 
required by the provisions of Section 59 of Chapter 41 of the General Laws a pay 
adjustment section setting forth in detail the amounts which will be required for 
anticipated pay adjustments during the ensuing year and shall furnish a copy 
thereof to the Personnel Board. 

Section 7-a 

LIST OF PROPOSED CLASSES OF POSITIONS 
Pay Scale Number Classification 



S-1 


File Clerk 


S-2 


Junior Clerk 


S-3 


Senior Clerk 


S-4 


Assistant Custodian Administration Building- 


S-4 


Director Veteran Service 


S-4 


Custodian Park Department 


8-4 


Principal Clerk 


S-5 


Custodian Administration Building- 


S-5 


Junior Engineer 's Aid 


S-6 


Library Assistant 


PF-1 


Patrolman 


PF-1 


Fire Fighter 


S-6 


Senior Engineer's Aid 


S-6 


Health Nurse 


S-7 


Cemetery Superintendent 


S-7 


Health Officer 


S-7 


Inspector of Animals 


PF-2 


Fire Captain 


PF-2 


Police Captain 


S-7 


Welfare Agent 


S-8 


Assistant Engineers 


S-8 


Water Superintendent and Sewer Superintendent 


PF-3 


Fire Deputy Chief 


S-8 


Park Superintendent 


S-8 


Town Accovmtant 


S-8 


Head Librarian 


PF-4 


Police Chief 


PF-4 


Fire Chief 


S-10 


Town Engineers 


W-3 


Laborer — Unskilled 


W-4 


Laborer — Semi-skilled 


W-5 


Craftsman 


W-6 


Foreman 



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Section T-b 
PROPOSED PAY SCALES 

SCHEDULE I — SALARY SCALE 

Pay 

Scale Intermediate Rates 



Number 


Minimum 


(1) 


(2) 


Maximum 


Range 


S-1 

C J- 




$ 47.25 




$ 49.75 






2392.00 


2457.00 


252'' 00 

Lj*J LU 1^ ,\J\J 


2587 00 


$195 


S-2 


$ 47 75 


$ 49.80 


$ 51.90 


4? 54 00 






9483 00 


9t8Q fiO 


2698.80 


2808 00 


$325 


o o 


<fe ^9 on 




$ 56,20 


$ 58.25 






2740 00 

^1 aL\J »\J \' 


2813.20 


2922.40 


3029 00 


$325 


S-4 


$ 56.00 


$ 58 40 


$ '60".80 


$ 63.25 






2912.00 


3036.80 


3161.60 


3289.00 


$377 


S-5 


$ 61.00 


$ 64.10 


$ 67.20 


$ 70.25 






3172.00 


3333.20 


3-494.40 


3653.00 


$481 


S-6 


$ 67.25 


.$ 70.60 


$ 73.90 


$ 77.25 






3497.00 


3671.20 


3842.80 


4017.00 


$520 


S-7 


$ 74.75 


$ 79.] 5 


$ 83.55 


$ 88.00 






3887.00 


4115.80 


4344.60 


4576.00 


$689 


S-8 


$ 84.50 


88.50 


$ 92.50 


$ 96.50 






4394.00 


4602.00 


4810.00 


5018.00 


$624 


S-9 


$ 92.50 


$ 97.15 


$ 101.80 


$ 106.50 






4810.00 


5051.80 


5293.60 


5538.00 


$728 


S-10 


$ 102.50 


$ 107,25 


$ 112.00 


$ 116.75 






5330.00 


5577.00 


5824.00 


6071.00 


$741 



PROPOSED PAY SCALES 

SCHEDULE II — WAGE SCALE 

Pay 



Scale 




Intermediate Rates 






Number 


Minimum 


(1) 


(2) 


Maximum 


Range 


W-1 


$ 1.15 


$ 1.18 


$ 1,21 


$ 1.24 


$0.09 




46.00 


47.20 


48.40 


49.60 






2392.00 


2454.40 


2516.80 


2579.20 




W-2 


$ 1.19 


$ 1.24 


$ 1.29 


$ 1.34 


$0.15 




47.60 


49.60 


51.60 


53.60 






2475.20 


2579.20 


2683.20 


2787.20 




W-3 


$ 1.30 


$ 1.35 


$ 1.40 


$ 1.46 


$0.16 




52.00 


54.00 


56.00 


58.40 






2704.00 


2808.00 


2912.00 


3036.80 




W-4 


$ 1.40 


$ 1.46 


$ 1.52 


$ 1.58 


$0.18 




56.00 


58.40 


60.80 


63.20 






2912.00 


3036.80 


3161.60 


3286.40 




W-5 


$ 1.53 


$ 1.60 


$ 1.68 


$ 1.76 


$0.23 




61.20 


64.00 


67.20 


70.40 






3182.40 


3328.00 


3494.40 


3660.80 




W-6 


$ 1.69 


$ 1.77 


$ 1.85 


$ 1.93 


$0.24 




67.60 


70,80 


74.00 


77.20 






3515.20 


3681.60 


3848.00 


4014.40 




W-7 


$ 1.86 


$ 1.98 


$ 2.09 


$ 2.20 


$0.34 




74.40 


79.20 


83.60 


88.00 






3868.80 


4118.40 


4347.30 


4576.00 




W-8 


$ 2.11 


$ 2.21 


$ 2.31 


$ 2.41 


$0.30 




84.40 


88.40 


92.40 


96.40 






4388.80 


4596.80 


4804.80 


5012.80 





Note: Weekly and yearly wages calculated on basis of 40 hour week 
and 52 week year. 



Town o\ 



PROPOSED PAY SCALES 

SCHEDULE III — POLICE — FIRE SALARY SCALE 



Pay 

Scale Intermediate Rates 

Number Minimum (1) (2) 

PF-1 $3500.00 $3600.00 $3700.00 $3800.00 

PF-2 $4000.00 $4100.00 $4200.00 $4300.00 

PF-3 $4500.00 $4600 00 $4700.00 $4800.00 

PF-4 $5000.00 $5125.00 $5250.00 $5375.00 



Maximum 

$3900.00 
$4400.00 
$4900 00 
$5500.00 



Range 

$400.00 
$400.00 
$400.00 
$500.00 



Sponsored by the Wage Scale and Job Classification Committee. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 

Tuesday. June 22, 1954 

Article 1. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Moderator to appoint 
a School Building Committee and authorize the said Committee to engage an archi- 
tect to prepare preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and the 
approximate cost for the construction of a new high school on approximately the 
location described in Article 62 of the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting of 
1954, and appropriate the necessary money therefor from the tax levy or from 
available funds or take any action relative thereto. The said School Building 
Committee to report its findings and recommendations to a Special Town Meeting 
as soon as possible. 

Petitioned for by more than two hundred registered voters of the Town and 
sponsored by the School Committee. 

Article 2. To see if the Tov/n will authorize and direct a special committee 
of seven persons to be appointed in the manner hereinafter set forth, to investigate, 
study and consider the possibility, advisability and practicability of constructing an 
addition to the present Hadley School Building and equipping it for school purposes 
and also to estimate the cost of the same and of all land necessary to be purchased 
or taken by eminent domain or otherwise legally acquired for said purpose; said 
committee to file its report with the Town Clerk as soon as convenient and in any 
event, before October 1, 1954; said committee to be appointed by the Town Mod- 
erator consisting of the following: Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Chairman 
of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the School Committee, President of the 
Upper Swampscott Improvement Association, President of the Shaw Improvement 
Association, President of the Puritan Civic Association and President of the 
Neighborhood Club Association; and that for the purposes of said committee in 
making such an investigation and report the sum of five thousand ($5,000.00) 
dollars be appropriated therefor to be raised by transfer from available funds in 
the Treasury or take any other action relating to an addition to the Hadley School 
Building, and that the committee's report when ready be put in proper printed or 
typewritten form and mailed to each Town Meeting Member. 

Petitioned for by James W. Buchanan et al. 

Article 3. To see if the Tov/ti will vote to accept the recommendation of the 
School Committee that a new high school, not a junior high school, be constructed 
to meet the school housing needs; this recommendation based upon the survey and 
analysis made by the Educational Service Associates, the recommendation of the 



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Public Building Needs Committee, the analysis made by Adams, Howard and 
Greeley, Planning Consultants; and based on present school enrollments which 
confirm the several survey predictions and analysis and appropriate the necessary 
money therefor or take any action relative thereto. 
Sponsored by the School Committee. 

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Moderator to appoint 
a School Building Committee and authorize the Committee to engage an architect 
to prepare preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and estimates of 
the approximate cost for the construction of additional school building facilities, and 
appropriate the necessary money therefor by transferring from available funds, by 
borrowing or otherwise, or take any action relative thereto; said Committee to file 
its report with the Town Clerk as soon as possible, and in any event not later than 
October 1, 1954; and recommend that the Selectmen call a special town meeting 
not later than November 1, 1954 to act on the report of said Committee; and the 
Committee's report, when ready, to be printed and mailed to each Town Meeting 
Member. 

Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. 

Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to determine whether the facilities 
referred to in Article 4 should be constructed for the Senior High School. 
Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. 

Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to determine whether the facilities 
referred to in Article 4 should be constructed for the Junior High School. 
Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. 

Article 7. To see if the Town, having voted under Article 5 that such 
facilities should be constructed for the Senior High School, will either select by 
vote of the Town Meeting or authorize the aforesaid School Building Committee 
to recommend a site from among the following: 

a. The Tedesco Site, more particularly described in Article 8 of the 
Special Town Meeting for May, 1950. 

b. The Phillips Park Site, more particularly described in Article 62 of 
the Annual Town Meeting for 1954. 

c. The present Senior High School site or its vicinity. 

d. The land now owned by the Town on Elmwood Road, Monument 
Avenue and Burrill Street. 

e. Jackson Park or its vicinity 

f. The vicinty of the Standpipe. 

g. Any other sites. 

Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. 

Article 8. To see if the Town, having voted under Article 6 that such 
facilities should be constructed for the Junior High School, will either select by 
vote of the Town Meeting or authorize the aforesaid School Building Committee to 
recommend a site from among the following: 

a. The Chick Estate. 

b. Redington Street property. 

c. Any other sites. 

Petitioned for by Ruth B. Johnson et al. 



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Article 9. To see if the Tov/n will vote to accept a gift of $10,000.00 and 
the historical collection of papers and documents relating to the Town of Swamp- 
scott from Henry S. Baldwin and instruct the Library Building Committee to 
construct a suitable room in the new addition to the Swampscott Public Library 
to house the said historical material and that the said room be named "The Henry 
S. Baldwin Historical Room" or take any action relative thereto. 

Sponsored by the Library Trustees and the Library Building Committee. 

Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Library Building 
Committee to accept gifts of money or personal propert}' up to a total value of 
$25,000.00 to be used in the construction and furnishing of the addition to the 
Swampscott Public Library or take any action relative thereto. 

Sponsored by the Library Trustees and the Library Building Committee. 

Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money from 
available funds to relieve the surface ^ater condition on Winshaw Road or take 
any action relative thereto. 

Sponsored by the Water and Sewerage Board. 

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to install a drain in Eulow Street 
a distance of approximately 155 feet and appropriate the necessary money therefor 
from available funds or take any action relative thereto. 

Sponsored by the Water and Sewerage Board. 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
Tuesday, June 22. 1954 

Voted: Article 1. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Moderator to appoint a School Building Commit- 
tee of nine members, one from each of the six precincts, one from the Finance 
Committee, one from the School Committee and one member at large to be the 
chairman, and that the said Committee be authorized to engage an architect to 
prepare preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and the approximate 
cost for the construction of a new high school; this recommendation based upon the 
survey analysis made by the Educational Service Associates, the recommendation of 
the Public Building Needs Committee, the analysis made by Adams, Howard and 
Greeley, Planning Consultants; and based on present school enrollments which 
confirm the several survey predictions and analysis; and that the sum of 320,000.00 
be appropriated therefor from the Excess and Deficiency fund; said Committee to 
file its report with the Town Clerk not later than November 1, 1954 and that the 
Selectmen call a special town meeting not later than December 1, 1954 to act on 
the report of said Committee, For: 130, Against: 62. 

Voted: Article 2. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Moderator to appoint a committee of seven per- 
sons to be known as Hadley School Building Committee, one member from each 
precinct and one at large to investigate, study and engage an architect to prepare 
preliminary plans, specifications and engineering data and the approximate cost, 
and also the cost of all land necessary to be purchased or taken by eminent domain 



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or otherwise acquired for such purposes for alterations or additions or both to the 
present Hadley School Building to equip it for school purposes; and that the sum 
of $5,000.00 be appropriated therefor from the Excess and Deficiency Fund; said 
Committee to file its report with the Town Clerk not later than November 1, 1954 
and that the Selectmen call a special town meeting not later than December 1, 1954 
to act on the report of said Committee. 

Voted: Article 3. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: That Articles 4, 5 & 6 be considered together. 

Voted: To dispense with the reading of these Articles. 

Voted: Articles 4, 5 & 6. To accept the report of the Finance Committee 
and adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on these articles be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: To dispense with the reading of Article 7. 

Voted: Article 7. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the selection of the site for the senior high school be made by the School 
Building Committee from the sites enumerated in this article, said Committee to 
file its report with the Town Clerk not later than November 1, 1954; and that the 
Selectmen call a special town meeting not later than December 1, 1954 to act on 
the report of said Committee. 

Voted: To dispense with the reading of Article 8. 

Voted: Article 8. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 9. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town accept a gift of $10,000.00 and the historical collection of 
papers and documents relating to the Town of Swampscott from Henry S. Baldwin 
and instruct the Library Building Committee to construct a suitable room in the 
new addition to the Swampscott Public Library to house the said historical material 
and that the said room be named "The Henry S. Baldwin Historical Room". 
Unanimous. 

Voted: Article 10. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town authorize the Library Building Committee to accept gifts of 
money or personal property up to a total value of $25,000.00 to be used in the 
construction and furnishing of the addition of the Swampscott Public Library. 

Voted: Article 11. That action on this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Voted: Article 12. To accept the report of the Finance Committee and 
adopt their recommendations as follows: 

That the Town install a drain in Eulow Street a distance of approximately 155 
feet and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 from the Excess and Deficiency Fund 
therefor. 



53 



Tomi of Swampscott 



July 26, 1954 

On the above date Kenneth W. Ulman, Moderator, appointed the following to 
serve on the Hadley School Building Committee in accordance with the vote of the 
Special Town Meeting held June 22, 1954: 

Member at Large: Mrs. Kenneth T. White 



Member Precinct 1 
Member Precinct 2 
Member Precinct 3 
Member Precinct 4 
Member Precinct 5 



George Knowlton 
Philip H. Stafford 
Roger Skinner 
Burt Harding 
David M. Roach 



Member Precinct 6: Fred Brennan 

and the following to serve on the High School Building Committee in accordance 
with the vote of the Special Town Meeting held June 22, 1954: 



Member 
Member 

Member 

Member 
Member 
Member 
Member 
Member 
Member 



at Large 
Finance 
Committee 
School 
Committee 
Precinct 1 
Precinct 
Precinct 
Precinct 
Precinct 
Precinct 



Frank B. Wallis 

Harvey P. Newcomb 

George A. Chad well 
Mahlon G. Knowles 
Albert H. Waite 
George W. Smith 
Frederick P. Broughton 
Marion Doen Morse 
Bruce Hamlin 



STATE PRIMARY 

September 14, 1954 

To bring in their votes to the Primary Officers for the Nomination of Candi- 
dates of Political Parties for the following offices: 

GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth 

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth 

TREASURER AND RECEIVER-GENERAL for this Commonwealth 

AUDITOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth 

ATTORNEY GENERAL for this Commonwealth 

SENATOR IN CONGRESS for this Commonwealth 

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS for 6th Congressional District 

COUNCILLOR for 5th Councillor District 

SENATOR for 1st Essex Senatorial District 

THREE REPRESENTATIVES IN GENERAL COURT 

for l4th Essex Representative District 

REGISTER OF PROBATE AND INSOLVENCY for Essex County 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER for Essex County 

COUNTY TREASURER for Essex County 

54 



1954 Annual Report 



The following number of votes were cast: 

Republicans Democrats 

Precinct 1 74 52 

Precinct 2 120 40 

Precinct 3 119 38 

Precinct 4 121 22 

Precinct 5 110 34 

Precinct 6 153 31 

Total vote cast: Eepublican 697; Democrat 217 

REPUBLICAN BALLOT 

Precinct 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total 

Governor 

Christian A. Herter, Boston . . 62 110 110 110 102 133 627 

Blanks 12 10 9 11 8 20 70 

Lieutenant Governor 

Sumner G. Whittier, Everett. . 60 110 114 114 101 144 643 
Blanks 14 10 5 7 9 9 54 

Secretary 

Michael J. McCarthy, 

E. Bridgewater 57 97 106 104 92 135 591 

Blanks 17 23 13 17 18 18 106 

Treasurer 

Augustus G. Means, Essex ... 61 97 110 109 100 141 618 
Blanks 13 23 9 12 10 12 79 

Auditor 

William P. Constantino, 

Clinton 61 91 108 103 93 129 585 

Blanks 13 29 11 18 17 24 112 

Attorney General 

George Fingold, Concord 62 105 111 100 97 140 615 

Blanks 12 15 8 21 13 13 82 

Senator in Congress 

Leverett Saltonstall, Dover .. 60 107 111 108 101 141 628 
Blanks 14 13 8 13 9 12 69 

Congressman, Sixth District 

William H. Bates, Salem 61 108 113 113 102 142 639 

Blanks 13 12 6 8 8 11 58 

Councillor, Fifth District 

Arthur A. Thompson, 

N. Andover 57 96 111 103 92 130 589 

Blanks 17 24 8 18 18 23 108 

Senator, First Essex District 

Thomas P. Gallagher, Lynn ... 55 93 101 94 89 122 554 
Blanks 19 27 18 27 21 31 143 

Representatives in General Court 
Fourteenth Essex District 

Ernest W. April, Salem 56 80 93 91 87 115 522 

John A. Davis, Marblehead ... 57 86 93 96 86 121 539 

Thomas M. Newth, Swampscott 67 97 106 103 95 125 593 

Blanks 42 97 65 73 62 98 437 



Town of Swampscott 



Precinct 12 3 4 
District Attorney, Eastern District 

Hugh A. Cregg, Methiien 37 72 87 77 

Philip L. Sisk, Lynn 33 45 31 41 

Blanks 4 3 1 3 

Register of Probate and Insolvency, Essex County 

Richard J. White, Jr., Lynn . . 60 96 109 109 

Blanks 14 24 10 12 

County Treasurer, Essex County 

David D. Black, Lynn 17 36 28 16 

J. Everett Collins, Andover . . 4 10 16 20 

Bertram V. Hawthorne, Lynn. 11 11 22 29 

Leslie E. Luscombe, Lynn .... 14 17 19 14 

Earle H. Smith, Marblehead. . 14 34 25 28 

Blanks 14 12 9 14 

County Commissioner, Essex County 

Arthur A. Thompson, Methuen 22 31 36 22 

David Burns, Middleton 8 15 13 8 

William H. Haskell, 

Marblehead 37 58 65 78 

Blanks 7 16 5 13 



64 
43 

3 



23 
10 
16 
13 
33 
15 



21 
9 

69 
11 



105 
47 
1 



95 127 
15 26 



44 
18 
17 
14 
41 
19 



36 
12 

89 
16 



^otal 



442 
240 
15 



596 
101 



164 
78 

106 
91 

175 
83 



168 
65 

396 



DEMOCRATIC BALLOT 

Governor 

Eobert F. Murphy, Maiden . . . 34 34 26 19 

Francis E. Kelley, Boston 16 4 11 3 

Blanks 2 2 1 

Lieutenant Governor 

James A. Burke, Boston 45 38 32 21 

Blanks 7 2 6 1 

Secretary 

Edward J. Cronin, Chelsea ... 42 36 33 20 

Blanks 10 4 5 2 

Treasurer 

Clement A. Eiley, Norwood . . 21 18 17 6 

William F. Carr, Boston 10 10 9 4 

John F. Kennedy, Canton 17 9 10 10 

Blanks 4 3 2 2 

Auditor 

Thomas J. Buckley, Boston . . 42 34 34 19 

Blanks 10 6 4 3 

Attorney General 

John F. Collins, Boston 40 35 34 19 

Blanks 12 5 4 3 



26 
8 



26 



25 
9 



4 
2 



23 



22 
9 



20 
11 



163 
47 
7 



185 
32 



180 
37 



48 
63 
18 



177 
40 



173 
44 



Senator in Congress 

Foster Furcolo, Longmeadow 
John T. Fitzgerald, Boston . 
Joseph L. Murphy, Boston . 
Blanks 



38 


31 


21 


12 


23 


21 


146 


4 


4 


6 


2 


2 


2 


20 


7 


2 


7 


8 


6 


3 


33 


3, 


3 


4 





3 


5 


18 



1954 Annual Report 



Precinct 1 
Congressman, Sixth District 

Andrew J. Gillis, Newburyport 29 

John F. X. Gleason, Gloucester 20 

Blanks 3 

Councillor, Fifth District 

Michael J. Batal, Lawrence . . 5 

Joseph F, Bateman, Lawrence. 7 

William G. Hennessey, Lynn. . 26 

Mario J. Lucchesi, Andover . . 10 

Blanks 4 

Senator, First Essex District 

Charles V. Hogan, Lynn 42 

Blanks 10 

Representatives in General Court 
Fourteenth Essex District 

Eugene S. Moreau, Swampscott 45 

Peter J. Thornton, Salem 12 

Blanks 99 

District Attorney, Eastern District 

V. Frederick Sano, Lynn 39 

Blanks 13 



County Commissioner, Essex County 

John E. Ahern, Andover 5 

Edmund F. Curley, Swampscott 44 
Blanks 3 

County Treasurer, Essex County 

Thomas F. Duffy, Lynn 43 

Blanks 9 



2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


Total 


11 


15 


2 


13 


10 


80 


24 


20 


18 


14 


15 


111 


5 


3 


2 


7 


6 


26 


5 


2 


4 


4 


5 


25 


1 


1 


2 


2 


2 


15 


31 


25 


11 


22 


17 


132 


1 


5 


2 




n 


oo 


2 


5 


3 


4 


5 


23 


33 


34 


18 


28 


27 


182 


7 


4 


4 


6 


4 


35 


29 


33 


18 


29 


20 


174 


16 


11 


8 


8 


11 


66 


75 


70 


40 


65 


62 


411 



32 28 16 26 19 160 
8 10 6 8 12 57 



14 


12 


72 


17 


19 


136 


3 





9 



1 


2 


2 


3 


3 


16 


38 


34 


17 


26 


25 


184 


1 


2 


3 


5 


3 


17 


33 


32 


17 


27 


22 


174 


7 


6 


5 


7 


9 


43 



Register of Probate and Insolvency, Essex County 

John J. Costello, N. Andover. . 17 13 9 7 

Frank E. Eiley, Jr., Lynn 32 27 28 13 

Blanks 3 1 2 



WARRANT FOR STATE ELECTION 
Tuesday/ November 2, 1954 

To bring in their votes to the Election Officers on one ballot for the following 
offices : 



GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR for this Commonwealth 

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth 

TREASURER AND RECEIVER-GENERAL for this Commonwealth 

AUDITOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH for this Commonwealth 

ATTORNEY GENERAL for this Commonwealth 

SENATOR IN CONGRESS for this Commonwealth 

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS for 6th Congressional District 

COUNCILLOR for 5th Councillor District 

SENATOR for 1st Essex Senatorial District 



57 



Town of Swampscott 



THREE REPRESENTATIVES IN GENERAL COURT 

for l4th Essex Representative District 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY for Essex Count>^ 

REGISTER OF PROBATE AND INSOLVENCY for Essex County 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER for Essex County 

COUNTY TREASURER for Essex County 

QUESTION NO. 1 

A. Shall licenses be granted in this town for the sale therein of all alcoholic 
beverages (whisky, rum, gin, malt beverages, wines and all other Yes ( ) 
alcoholic beverages) ? No ( ) 

B. Shall licenses be granted in this town for the sale therein of wines and 
malt beverages (wines and beer, ale and all other malt beverages) ? Yes ( ) 

No ( ) 

C. Shall licenses be granted in this town for the sale therein of all alcoholic 
beverages in packages, so called, not to be drunk on the premises ? Yes ( ) 

No ( ) 

QUESTION NO. 2 

A. Shall the pari-mutuel system of betting on licensed horse Yes ( ) 
races be permitted in this county? No ( ) 

B. Shall the pari-mutuel system of betting on licensed dog Yes ( ) 
races be permitted in this county ? No ( ) 

QUESTION NO. 3 

"Shall the State Senator from this district be instructed to vote for a resolution 
memorializing the Congress of the United States to enact legislation providing for 
a pension of not less than $100 per month to all retired citizens Yes ( ) 

at 65 years of age or over?" No ( ) 



STATE ELECTION 

November 2. 1954 

The following number of votes were cast: 

Precinct 1 984 

Precinct 2 1049 

Precinct 3 1047 

Precinct 4 993 

Precinct 5 986 

Precinct 6 1126 



Precinct 

Governor 

(Christian A. Herter, Republican . . . 
l»oy)ert F. Murphy, Democratic . . . 
Lawrence Gilfedder, Socialist Laboi 

Guv H. Williams, F*rohi})ition 

Blanks 



1 


2 




4 


o 


b 


Total 


603 


758 


752 


754 


740 


960 


4567 


360 


288 


288 


280 


283 


158 


1557 





1 





1 


1 





3 


o 








2 


2 





6 


19 


2 


7 


6 


10 


s 


52 



58 



1954 Annual Report 



Precinct 

Lieutenant Governor 

Sumner G. Whittier, Republican . . . 

James A. Burke, Democratic 

Donald E. Babcock, Prohibition . . . 
Francis A. Votano, Socialist Labor . 
Blanks 

Secretary 

Edward J. Cronin, Democratic .... 
Michael d. McCarthy, Republican . 
Fred M. Ingersoll, Socialist Labor . 

William D. Ross, Prohibition 

Blanks 

Treasurer 

John F. Kennedy, Democratic 

Augustus G. Means, Republican . . . 
Henninii A. Blomen. Socialist Labor 

Isaac Goddard, Prohibition 

Blanks 

Auditor 

Thomas J. Buckley, Democratic . . . . 
William P. Constantino, Republican. 

John B. Lauder, Prohibition 

Anthony Martin, Socialist Labor . . . 
Blanks 

Attorney General 

George Fingold, Republican 

John F. Collins, Democratic 

Howard B. Rand, Prohibition 

Malcolm T. Rowe, Socialist Labor . . 
Blanks 

Senator in Congress 

Leverett Saltonstall, Republican . . . 

Foster Fureo^o. Demo'-ratic 

Tlielma Inoer^oJl, Socialist Labor .. 

Harold J. Ireland, Prohibition 

Blanks 

Congressman, Sixth District 

William H. Bates, Republican 

Andre'v J. Gillis, Democratic 

Blanks 

Councillor, Fifth District 

Arthur A Thomson, Republican . . . . 

Michael J. Batal, Democratic 

Blanks 

Senator, First Essex District 

Charges V. Hogan. Democratic 

Thomas P. Gallagher, Republican . . . 
Blanks 



1 2 3 4 5 6 Total 



609 


749 


756 


763 


741 


966 


4584 


;55i 


279 


283 


217 


218 


140 


1488 





2 





5 








7 


8 


3 


5 


3 


7 


1 


27 


16 


16 


3 


5 


20 


19 


79 


423 


385 


361 


288 


335 


274 


2066 




618 


647 


667 


606 


791 


3843 


7 


8 


10 


5 


5 


10 


45 


7 


5 


9 


4 


4 


2 


31 


33 


33 


20 


29 


36 


49 


200 


398 


320 


325 


256 


261 


190 


1750 


559 


702 


703 


713 


696 


901 


4274 


1 


9 


1 





1 


2 


7 


4 


2 


4 


3 





2 


15 


22 


23 


14 


21 


28 


31 


139 


473 


398 


406 


329 


352 


301 


2259 


471 


605 


616 


629 


586 


774 


3681 


4 


4 


2 


1 


3 


2 


16 





2 





2 


3 


2 


9 


36 


40 


23 


32 


42 


47 


220 


597 


744 


760 


734 


738 


933 


4506 


356 


290 


275 


237 


226 


168 


1552 


3 


2 





4 








9 


3 








3 





1 


7 


25 


13 


12 


15 


22 


24 


111 


584 


712 


696 


706 


673 


874 


4245 


382 


325 


338 


277 


307 


242 


1871 


3 


1 


2 








2 


8 


3 


1 





1 








5 


12 


10 


11 


9 


6 


8 


56 


706 


845 


837 


839 


810 


1005 


5042 


263 


186 


193 


138 


156 


88 


1024 


15 


18 


17 


16 


20 


33 


119 


592 


702 


705 


716 


658 


860 


4233 


353 


297 


295 


218 


246 


179 


1588 


39 


50 


47 


59 


82 


87 


364 


552 


510 


481 


421 


405 


368 


2737 


404 


505 


538 


545 


532 


694 


3218 


28 


34 


28 


27 


49 


64 


230 



Ton n of Smjinpscott 



Eepresent-atives in General Court 
Fourteentli Essex District 



ErnesT W. April. Republican 


435 


537 


547 


571 


505 


694 


3289 


John A. Davis, Republican 


495 


591 


630 


634 


592 


782 


3724 


Thomas M. Xewth, Republican 


720 


803 


799 


776 


734 


905 


4737 




510 


441 


449 


403 


445 


359 


2607 




244 


242 


218 


160 


183 


126 


1173 


Blanks 


548 


533 


498 


435 


499 


512 


3025 


District Attorney, Eastern District 














Hujih A. Cregs, Republican 


574 


682 


698 


697 


674 


898 


4223 


V. Fretieriek Sano, Democratic 


388 


348 


334 


267 


276 


190 


1803 


Blanks 


22 


19 


15 


29 


3<T 


38 


159 


Register of Probate and Insolvency, Essex Cfounty 










John J, Costello, Democratic 


377 


317 


303 


244 


250 


202 


1693 


Richar<i J. White, Jr. Republican . . 


584 


695 


711 


705 


686 


869 


4250 


Blanks 


23 


o — 


33 


44 


50 


55 


242 


County Commissioner, Essex County 














Arthur A. Thompson. Republican . . . 


564 


675 


687 


700 


639 


838 


4103 




37S 


319 


323 


240 


263 


194 


1717 


Blanks 


42 


55 


•-> - 

O 1 


53 


84 


94 


365 


County Treasurer, Essex County 
















Thomas F. Duffv. Democratic 


463 


410 


421 


313 


348 


288 


2243 


J. Everett Collins, Republican 


485 


589 


591 


631 


568 


764 


3628 




36 


ou 




49 


70 


74 


314 


Question No. 1: Alcoholic Beverages 














A. Yes 


750 


S22 


780 


781 


814 


923 


4S70 


No 


152 


155 


198 


151 


117 


136 


909 


Blanks 


82 


72 


69 


61 


55 


67 


406 


B. Yes 


696 


768 


720 


714 


748 


837 


4483 


Xo 


153 


141 


187 


143 


101 


122 


847 


Blanks 


135 


140 


140 


136 


137 


167 


855 


(- . Yes 


733 


789 


758 


747 


782 


892 


4701 


Xo 


139 


128 


179 


129 


91 


98 


764 


Blanks 


112 


132 


110 


117 


llo 


loo 




Question No. 2: Pari-Mutuel 
















A. Yes 


566 


606 


559 


535 


548 


531 


3345 


Xo 


296 


323 


364 


358 


338 


495 


2174 


Blanks 


122 


120 


124 


100 


100 


100 


666 


B. Yes 


540 


545 


516 


486 


485 


488 


3060 


Xo 


289 


338 


369 


369 


350 


500 


2215 


Blanks 


155 


166 


162 


138 


151 


138 


910 


Question No. 3: Pension 
















Yes 


768 


765 


748 


672 


639 


62;; 


4215 


Xo 


128 


192 


204 


235 


246 


369 


1374 


Blanks 


88 


92 


95 


86 


101 


134 


596 



60 



1954 Annual Report 



Board of Assessors 



Thomas F. Collins, Chairman Ernest Manchin, Secretary 
Thomas E. Andresen 

The Board of Assessors submit all figures used to determine the Tax Rate for 
the year 1954: $47.00 per thousand. 

VALUATIONS 

Real Estate $28,926,575.00 

Personal 1,755,875.00 



Total $30,682,450.00 

APPROPRIATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS 

State $ 56,618.08 

County 104,638.12 

Town 2,079,638.60 



Total $ 2,240,894.80 

ESTIMATED RECEIPTS AND AVAILABLE FUNDS 

Taxation on Property and Polls $ 1,450,032.19 

Taxation on Motor Vehicles 135,392.48 

Receipts from State 194,746.14 

Receipts from County 3,357.54 

Receipts from Town 183,642.13 

Available Funds 273,724.32 



Total $ 2,240,894.80 

TABLE OF AGGREGATES 

Number of Persons, Partnerships & Corporations 3950 

Number of Polls 3984 

Number of Acres 1924 

Number of Dwellings 3237 

Value of Land $ 7,188,105.00 

Value of Buildings 21,738,470.00 

Motor Vehicles and Trailers assessed (not figured in the Tax Rate) 

Number of Cars 6615 

Valuation $ 4,658,990.00 

Excise Tax Assessed 186,912.49 



61 



Town of Swampscott 



Town Accountant 

I. Murray Adams, Accountant 

A uniform budget system was introduced in 1954, and it is hoped that this 
will facilitate the preparation of figures, and make them more understandable to the 
laymen. The figures below disclose a marked increase in excise receipts. The Surplus 
account is much lower, as $201,000.00 was transferred from this fund for various 
purposes in '54. 

In accordance with the provisions of Section 61, Chapter 41, of the General 
Laws, the following report is submitted. It is arranged in accordance with the 
rules prescribed by the Director of Accounts. A detailed report of the receipts and 
expenditures for year ending December 31, 1954 is available at this office. 



WtiEFG tliG Money Came Frnm 



1958 1954 

CASH ON HAND JANUARY 1 $ 451,279.02 $ 726,149.42 

GENERAL REVENUE 

Swampscott Taxes: 

Poll 6,662.00 6,736.00 

Personal 73,890.85 76,257.40 

Real Estate 1,349,785.89 1,332,386.46 

Chapter 59 Sec. 5A 649.80 

Tax Title Redemption 8,409.10 3,638.35 

Housing Authority 836.61 2,592.00 

Total Taxes 1,440,234.25 1,421,610.21 

From State: 

Corporation Tax 92,426.25 94,390.66 

Income Tax 78,701.53 77,740.00 

Meal Tax 2,898.28 3,662.83 

Schools 29,702.55 46,586.95 

Total From State 203,728.61 222,380.44 

Special Assessments: 

Motor Vehicle Excise 138,285.27 181,765.83 

Sewer 14,175.61 7,825.00 

Sidewalk 1,457.31 2,869.29 

Total Special Assessments 153,918.19 192,460.12 

Court Fines and Judgments 66 00 225.00 

Permits and Licenses 6,811.50 2,588.00 

Total Fines and Permits 6,877.50 2,813.00 

Grants and Gifts: 

Chapter 90 State 14,755.11 

Chapter 90 County 619.96 3,934.68 

County— Dog Tax 900.73 1,054.36 

Federal Government: 

Aid Dependent Children 7,485.11 5,867.95 

Old Age Assistance 64,784.18 64,207.33 

Disability Assistance 3,906.04 2,573.01 

Total Grants and Gifts 77,696.02 92,392.44 



62 



1954 Annual Report 



WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM — Continued 



DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS: 

Treasurer 8.70 

Town Hall 360.00 360.00 

Board of Appeals 135.00 95.00 

Planning Board 5.00 7.00 

Police 118.10 110.60 

Building Inspector 285.00 251.00 

Wire Inspector 303.75 543.25 

Civilian Defense 261.00 

Sealer Weights and Measures 182.00 135.30 

Health 418.64 1,333.28 

Plumbing Inspector 1,548.00 2,628.00 

Sewer 30.00 300.00 

Telephone 223.22 271.70 

Public Welfare 3,928.66 5,340.24 

O.A.A. (Cities-Towns) 4,684.55 3,660.54 

O.A.A. (State) 55,335.21 52,787.81 

Disability Assistance 4,047.88 2,229.06 

O.A.A. Recovery 2,721.00 9,413.42 

D.A. Recovery 991.05 

Vet^s Services 1,264.29 1,086.48 

A.D.C 3,896.45 3,579.15 

School Tuition 1,796.19 

Vocational Training 839.36 1,471,86 

Lunch 36,709.23 40,819.70 

Athletic Fund 5,662.67 7,942.02 

Miscellaneous 508.03 1,594.60 

Rent Control 501.56 

Library 1,569.87 1,785.89 

Park 706.20 690 00 

Centennial 3.00 

Claims 29.21 

Tailings 269.14 

Total Departmental Receipts . . . 127,580.21 140.197.65 



MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS: 

Temporary Loans 300,000.00 

Bond Issues: 

School 560,000.00 

Water Mains 60,000.00 

Bond Premiums 1,674.40 235.40 

Bond Interest 653.33 

Total Municipal Indebtedness . . 562,327.73 360,235.40 



INTEREST 

Taxes 1,214.35 818.06 

Excise 66.88 38.85 

Tax Titles 624.77 314.23 

Committed Interest 609.53 745.15 

Sewer 59.19 

Sidewalk 3 40 

Total Interest 2,515.53 1,978.88 

Tax Title Costs 161.50 84.00 

Fees 12.00 

Total Costs 173.50 84.00 



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WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM — Continued 

TRUST FUNDS: 

Library 226.92 225.40 

Phillips Medal 130.04 65.71 

Cemetery 148.78 157.85 

Baldwin Gift 10,000.00 

Total Gifts and Trust Funds . . . 505.69 10,448.96 

ENTERPRISES AND AGENCY: 

Cemetery 

Sales of Lots 6,335.00 5,574.00 

Fees 4,182.47 3,310.37 

Eecording Fees 81.00 34.00 

Water: 

Rates 80,684.20 84,751 62 

Rents 1,500.00 1,500.00 

Seryiees 11,776.74 18,862.44 

Liens 8,022.49 8,860.38 

Interest 78.44 

Total Enterprises and Agency . . 107,531.90 112,466.25 

Withholding Tax 149,221.91 134,068.24 

Dog Licenses 1,809.60 1,113.60 

Refunds 11,133.66 3,543.62 

TOTAL RECEIPTS $3,296,083.82 $8,421,942.28 



Where the Money Went 

1958 1954 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT: 



Moderator 


% 150.00 J 


^ 150.00 


Town Meeting 


199.62 


119.17 


Finance Committee — 






Wages and Expenses 

Selectmen — Wages and Expenses . . 


725.26 


796.82 


7,644.78 


7,888.06 


Accounting — Wages and Expenses . 


9,482.48 


9,542 89 


Treasurer — Wages and Expenses . . 


7.099.24 


8,363.15 


Tax Title Foreclosure 


850.00 


892.31 


Certification 




16.00 


Collector of Taxes — 






Wages and Expenses 


8,403.70 


8,304.96 


Town Clerk — Wages and Expenses 


5,688.86 


5,344.98 


Town Clerk Tray el 


400 00 


250.00 


Law 


2,834.59 


4,382.22 


Election-Registration — 






Wages and Expenses 


7,925.39 


9,042.42 


Assessors — Wages and Expenses . . 


10,842.31 


10,448.44 


Engineering — Wages and Expenses 


25,198.15 


25,788.15 


Administration Building — 






Wages and Expenses 


12,508.41 


13,966.16 


Town Hall — Expenses 


8,546 20 


1,422.12 


Planning Board — 

Wages and Expenses 






501.95 


662.51 


Board of Appeals — 






Wages and Expenses 


490.41 


581.66 


Contributory Retirement 


30,164.35 


29,219.51 


Total General Goyernment 


184,600.60 


137,121.-18 



1954 Annual Report 



WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police — Wages and Expenses 122,287.42 124,091.17 

Uniforms 1,366 25 750.00 

Eadio 958.16 760.73 

Travel 388.16 349.80 

Car 1,200.00 3,190.60 

School 200.00 200.00 

Motorcycle 1,189.30 

Total Police Department 126,399.99 130,531.60 

Fire — Wages and Expenses 142,069.50 145,883.45 

Travel 145.63 375.00 

Uniforms 1,249.75 683.73 

Hydrant Rental 1,000.00 1,000.00 

Phillips Beach Engine House .... 116.62 

Fire Pump 65.13 

Total Fire Department 144,464 88 148,123.93 

Forest Warden 94.00 100.00 

Building Inspector 2,689.62 2,735.39 

Sealer of AVeights and Measures . . . 875.00 865.00 

Civil Defense 5,686.03 4,199.91 

Dog Officer 1,218 32 1,149.95 

Constable 100.00 100.00 

Insurance 8,062.07 8,281.92 

Wire Inspector 1,175.00 1,100.00 

Total Miscellaneous Protection . 19,900.04 18,532.17 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Health — Wages and Expenses 18,653.10 18,733.25 

Refuse and Garbage 39,995.00 39,995.00 

Total Health $ 58,648.10 $ 58,728.25 

Sewer — Wages and Expenses 18,686.68 19,083.99 

Brooks 43.44 

Emergency Sewer 622.50 910.50 

Particular Sewer 100.42 

Puritan Road Sewer 11,292.26 

New Sewers 33.793.65 

New Ocean House Drain 23,311.85 

Alden Road Drain 3,260.00 

Sewer Truck 25.62 1,036.90 

Bav View Drive Drain 5,439.34 586.65 

Humphrey Street Drain 3,759 76 414.28 

Kings Beach Terrace Drain 650.00 

Drains and Catch Basins 1,713.07 1,602.51 

Fuller Avenue Drain 13,341.01 

Total Sewer $ 68,904.94 $ 70,769.49 

HIGHWAYS 

Highways — Wages and Expenses . . 116,661.24 118,565.26 

Snow and Ice 5,594.05 7,753.91 

Lighting Streets 34,965 79 37,080.33 

Chapter 90 114.66 35,690.63 

Blodgett Avenue ' 2,610.67 

Sidewalks 9,427.11 2,405.27 

Shelton Road 1,812.31 

Charlotte Road 735.38 

Duke Street 1,383.46 

Stanley Road 21.56 

Nason'^and Laurel Road 124.62 1.707 91 

Lewis Road and Brewster Terrace . . 212.69 

Dale Street 111.73 



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WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued 



Brown Eoad Acceptance 

Muriel Road 

Pine Hill Road 

Truck 

Alden Road Acceptance 

Land Taking 

Total Highway $ 

CHARITIES AND VETERANS' SERVICES 

Welfare — Wages, Expenses, Others 

Disability Assistance 

Old Age Assistance — 

Wages and Others 

U. S. Grant — O. A. A 

U. S. Grant — A. D. C 

U. S. Grant — D. A 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Veterans' Services 

Pensions 

Workmen 's Compensation 

Rodrick Pension 

Total Charities and Pensions . . . 



274.34 

208.60 

870.54 
5,680.00 2,391.40 
800.00 
500.00 

176,877.60 % 210,825.86 



15,824.34 
6,865.54 

84,997.89 
61,139.48 

5,497.81 
565.58 

8,000.00 

4,304.53 
29,925.73 

1,400.00 

218,520.90 



16,037.58 
6,000.00 

84,237.89 
68,964.96 
2,852.05 
1,831.81 
7,334.62 
3,636.26 
35,663.98 
446.33 
1,200.00 
228,205.48 



SCHOOLS AND LIBRARY 

Schools — Wages and Expenses .... 

Travel 

Repairs 

Vocational Education 

Lunch 

Athletic 

Clarke School 

Stanley School 

Bond Issue 

Total Schools $ 

Library — Wages and Expenses . . . 

Morse Fund 

Thomson Fund 

Whittle Fund 

Total Library $ 

RECREATION AND UNCLASSIFIED 

Park — Wages and Expenses 

Recreation 

Dutch Elm 

Hockey Rink 

Shade Trees 

Cleaning Beaches 

Moth 

Park Repairs 

Brush Mower 

Park Mower 

Seed, Loam, Fertilizer 

Park Fences 

Total Park 

Unclassified: 

Town Reports 

Legion Lease 

Fourth of July 

Memorial Day 

Armistice Dav 



605,132 62 
150.00 



35,682.94 
5,582.14 
2,223.64 
328,322.76 

977,094.10 
28,630 71 
152.93 
29.95 
59.84 
28,873.43 



62,466.96 
2,989.73 
2,986.54 



4,969.69 
1,136.43 

1,100.00 
1,999.85 
716.00 



644,160.05 
691.29 
253.60 
2,703.52 
42,523.00 
9,752.48 

199,430.48 
104 00 
899,618.42 
29,602.22 
142.73 
26.97 
54.78 
29,826 70 



62,819.16 
2,999.83 
2,907.38 
3,304.79 
499.75 
2,070.60 
4.292 17 
87.30 
3,000.00 

993.10 
833.24 



$ 78,365.20 $ 83,807.32 



2,489 97 
1,750.00 
1,188.09 
1,000.00 
198.76 



2,071.21 
1,750.00 
1,171.64 
868.95 
139.65 



1954 Annual Report 



WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued 



Centennial Committee 300.69 

Christmas Decoration 300.00 300.00 

Unpaid Bills 12.80 

By-Laws 12.50 

Dagnese Reimbursement 84.38 

H. R. Fall Account 231.65 

Wage Committee 20.00 244.00 

Public Building Committee 2,000.00 1,371 00 

Rent Control 602.66 1,374.75 

Warrants Payable 3,169.72 2,317.53 

Wage Increase 100.00 

Pension Increase 524.86 

Emergency Storm 48,021.25 

Departmental Accounts Committee 9.00 

Public Works Committee 117.70 

Court Judgments 428.43 

Land Damage 901.00 

Total Unclassified $ 13,889.20 $ 61,182.99 

ENTERPRISES AND CEMETERIES 

Water — Wages and Expenses 48,028.57 49,964.80 

Shop 779.24 

Emergency 4,233.64 9,444.87 

Pipes and Fittings 5,191.41 4,604.98 

Metropolitan Water 20,776.84 

Mains 1,205.73 1,561 21 

Truck 25.63 1,174.64 

Foster Dam Main 1,168.20 50,099.17 

Standpipe Land Taking 1,600.00 

Painting Standpipe 2,483.40 

Water Compressor 1,486.43 

Columbia Street Main 7,319.28 

Total Water $ 80,630.02 $ 130,518.02 

Cemetery — Wages and Expenses . . 24,141.15 25,164,26 

Vaults 740.00 658.95 

Repairs 7.49 

Land Taking 5,124.49 192.09 

Lowering Device 352.80 

Mower 900.00 

New Section 26.25 

Compressor 1,500.00 

Wall Repairs 980.25 1,919 75 

Drill 335.00 

Saw 249.42 

Total Cemetery $ 32,846.18 $ 29,445.72 

INTEREST MATURING DEBT AND AGENCY 

Premium 106.75 

Interest 21,683.75 26,615.75 

Maturing Debt 89,505.91 417,000.00 

County Tax 77,421 74 77,920.51 

Dog Licenses 1,299.40 1,125.60 

Tuberculosis Hospital 24,191.97 27,678.60 

Withholding Tax 136,832.71 134,047.89 

Phillips Medal Fund 65.02 130.73 

Cemetery Trust 12.51 

Stocker Fund 12 57 14.04 

Cemetery Receipt Fees 40.00 35.00 

State Assessments 25,004.23 54,024.19 

Total 376,069.81 $ 738,699.06 



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WHERE THE MONEY WENT — Continued 

REFUNDS 

Refunds 10,286.18 9,680.43 

Phillips Medal Adjustment .04 

Refunds deducted from Expenditures 23,512.69 2,989.01 

Total Refunds $ 33,798.91 $ 12,669.44 

Total Expenditures for Year 2,569,883.90 2,988,605.93 

Cash on Hand, December 31 726,149.42 433,336.30 

Total $3,296,033.32 $3,421,942.23 



Balance as of December 31, 1954 



Cash 433,336.30 

Petty Cash 255.00 

Warrants Payable 1954 399.75 

1951 Personal 220.00 

1952 Personal 282.00 

1953 Personal 360.00 

1953 Real Estate 282.85 

1954 Poll 116.00 

1954 Personal 2,226.62 

1954 Real Estate 43,188.30 

1952 Excise 32.42 

1953 Excise 276 32 

1954 Excise 16,149.96 

Warrants Payable 3,716.31 

Unapportioned Sewer 9,524.59 

1954 Sewers 2,973.03 

Unapportioned Sidewalks 1,249.23 

1954 Sidewalks 14.90 

1954 Committed Interest 75.11 

Interest on Sewers paid Advance 8.00 

Interest on Sewer Assessments 59.19 

Tax Titles 9,937 18 

Tax Possessions 2,340.66 

Estate Deceased Persons 1,240.08 

A/R Health 1,340.50 

Public Welfare 1,203.51 

A. D. C 1,007.71 

O. A. A. (Cities-Towns) 460,99 

A^ets Services 10.01 

Schools 977.07 

Parks 357.60 

Old Age Recovery 4,351.75 

Welfare Recovery 143.51 

A. D. C. Recovery 31.60 

Water Rates 6,520.02 

Water Services 2,417.16 

Water Liens added to 1954 701.47 

Water Miscellaneous 57.63 

1935-1946 Overlays 73.85 

1951 Overlay 220.00 

1952 Overlay 647.22 

1953 Overlay 33,228.71 

1954 Overlay 33,284 34 

Overlay Reserve 26,301.33 

Cemetery Receipts Reserved 

for Appropriation 9,604.34 

Cemetery Receipt Fees 1.00 

Reserve for Petty Cash 255.00 



1954 Annual Report 



BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 3 L 1954 — Continued 



Water Available Surplus 36,946.79 

Scholarship Fund 30.00 

Insurance Fund 147.55 

Cemetery Trust Fund 21.89 

Morse Library Fund .25 

Thompson Library Fund 1.20 

Whittle Library Fund .68 

A/E State and County Aid to Highway . 5,944.08 
Eeserve for State and County Aid 

to Highway 5,944.08 

Reservations 328.64 

T. B. Hospital 1,585.89 

County Tax 1954 624.90 

Dog License Due County 12.60 

Withholding Tax 2.10 

Tailings 395.76 

Excise Revenue 15,722.43 

Special Assessment Revenue 7,839.61 

Tax Title Revenue 9,937.18 

Tax Possession Revenue 2,340.66 

Departmental Revenue 5,357.89 

Water Revenue 9,696.28 

Estate Deceased Person Revenue 1,240.08 

Surplus Revenue 167,449.23 

Town Hall Repairs 1,757.95 

Phillips Beach Engine House 383.38 

Fire Pump 7,934.87 

Civilian Defense Others 1,013.47 

Sewer Station and Garage 200.00 

Drain and Catch Basins 1,209 42 

Sewer Truck 512.48 

Fuller Avenue Account 31.50 

New Sewer 1,206.35 

Jessie Street Drain 2,500.00 

Eulow Street Drain 1,000.00 

Chapter 90 10,918.66 

Sidewalks 1954 7,730.68 

Duke Street 1,186.54 

Longley Avenue Land Taking 1.00 

Shelton Road 1,067.69 

Charlotte Road 1,144.62 

Highwav Land Purchase 1 00 

Highway Truck 8.60 

New Road Land Taking 901.00 

U. S. Grant Disability Administration . . . 1,110.95 

U. S. Grant Disability Assistance 4,782.17 

U. S Grant O. A. A. Adm 2,431.33 

IT. S. Grant O. A. A. Asst 9,438.01 

U. S. Grant A. D. C. Adm 1,120.82 

IT. S. Grant A. D. C. Asst 6,590.85 

School Lunch 2,461.70 

Athletic Account 178.06 

School Bond Issue 3,373.28 

Stanley School 50,261.41 

School Building Committee 20,000.00 

Hadley Building Committee 5,000.00 

Library Addition 20,000.00 

Library Lights 6,500.00 

Park Land Taking 1.00 

Real Estate Disposal 219.25 



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BALANCE AS OF DECEMBER 3 L 1954 — Continued 

Humphrey Street Land Damage 1.00 

Fishermans Beach Land Court 143.87 

Walker Road Eminent Domain 1.00 

Building By-Laws 300.00 

By-laws 1954 687.50 

Wage Committee 236.00 

Public Building Committee 1,629.00 

Department Accounts Committee 191.00 

Rent Control 40.25 

Centennial 375.41 

Public Works Committee 32.30 

State Census 750.00 

Land Damage Claims 1,099.00 

Chapter 44 — Storm Damage 48,021.25 

Water Mains 1,971.39 

Water Truck 299.73 

Foster Dam Mains 18,732.63 

Painting Stand Pipe 1,016.60 

Water Compressor 13.57 

Columbia Street Main 180,72 

Water Shop 20.76 

Cemetery Lot Purchase .91 

Cemetery New Section 9,973.75 

Bond Premiums 950.47 

Total .$ 591,937.77 $ 591,937.77 



The Planning Bnard 

Harold M. King, Chairmayi 
James R. Maddock, Secretary 
Gordon L. Brown A. B. Way, Jr. 

Ralph L. Williams 

The Planning Board held twenty-five meetings in 1954; in addition the Board 
was represented at the Regional meetings and also at the State and Local hearings 
where problems on Zoning and other matters were considered. 

The Board held three public hearings on new subdivisions; it also examined 
fifteen plans which required either approval or endorsement that approval was not 
required. 

The Board conferred with other Town Boards and Departments when ques- 
tions pertinent to their responsibilities arose. 

The Board recommends for the third time an immediate beginning of a study 
of the sewer and drainage needs in the area between Gale Road, Puritan Road, 
Phillips Beach Avenue, Palmers Pond and the Ocean. An article calling for this 
study is again being placed on the current Warrant. 



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1954 Annual Report 



Treasurer s Report 

Robert G. Byrne, Treasurer 

In account with the Town of Swampscott for the year ended December 31, 
1954. 



Balance on hand, January 1, 1954 $ 717,991.94 

Receipts and Income from all sources $ 2,689,677.50 



$ 3,407,669.44 

Less Warrants Paid $ 2,988,605.93 



Balance on hand, December 31, 1954 $ 419,063.51 

STATEMENT 

INDICATING BORROWING CAPACITY AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1954 

Valuation 1952, Less Abatements $31,458,586.00 

Valuation 1953, Less Abatements $33,085,880.00 

Valuation 1954, Less Abatements $34,670,951.00 



Total Valuation $99,215,417.00 

Average Valuation $33,071,805.66 

Five Per Cent (5%) of average valuation $ 1,653,590.28 

Less Outstanding Debt 

Issued Inside Debt Limit $ 1,006,000.00 



Borrowing Capacity as of Dec. 31, 1954 $ 647,590.28 



TRUST FUNDS 

The follov/ing is a list of Trust Funds held by the Town Treasurer as Custodian 
of all Funds and Securities as provided for by Chapter 282 of the General Acts of 
1915 indicating balances as of December 31, 1954: 



Philips Medal Fund $2,622.33 

Joanna Morse Library Fund 5,196.00 

Ellen R. Whittle Library Fund 2,000.00 

Mary L. Thomson Library Fund 1,000.00 

Cemetery Gifts & Bequeaths Fund 5,348.40 

Perpetual Care of Cemetery Fund 5,756.22 

Emma Y. Stocker Cemetery Fund 508.91 

Hattie F. Sherman Cemetery Fund 500.00 

Manuel Ross Scholarship Fund 243.56 

*High School Alumni Fund 4,618.46 



*This is not a Trust Fund as defined by law but is held by the Town Treasurer 
in behalf of the Alumni Fund Committee. 



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Engineering Department 

Howard L. Ha mill, Town Engineer 

Engineering services furnished by this department for the year ending 31 
December 1954 included surveys, computations, record plans, cost estimates, 
assessment quantities, designs for construction projects, assignment of house 
numbers, preparation of contracts including specifications and drawings, descrip- 
tion of property and easements, and the furnishing of information and engineering 
data to private engineers, surveyors, attorneys and other persons. The apportionment 
of these engineering services is shown in the following table: 

Department Man-Hours % Department Man-Hours % 

Sewer 2887 23.65 Park 320 2.62 

Water 2828 23.17 Police 115 0.94 

^Engineering 1568 12.84 School Ill 0.91 

Private Citizens 912 7.47 Town Counsel 92 0.75 

Cemetery 868 7.11 Planning Board 81 0.66 

Selectmen 816 6.69 Finance Committee 27 0.22 

Assessors 765 6.27 Town Clerk 18 0.15 

Highway 458 3.75 Town Accountant 16 0.13 

Health 322 2.64 Welfare 4 0.03 

TOTALS 12208 100.00 

* Includes administration, clerical work, and work not chargeable to a particular 
department or individual, e.g. keeping Town Map up to date. 

Projects which require the services of this department are, for the most part, 
usually mentioned in the reports of the various depaiLmcnts concerned. For this 
reason, and in the interest of brevity, no listing of specific projects is included 
herein. 

The work load on the department has continued to increase, resulting in a 
considerable carry-over to next year of work scheduled to be completed in 1954. 
Some relief was obtained when a temporary transitman was hired and when one 
department was able to engage the services of a private engineer. 

Except for the above-mentioned transitman, who worked from April to 
November, the personnel of the department has remained unchanged from that of 
last year. 

The department is deeply grateful for the patience, understanding, and 
co-operation shown by the personnel of the various departments with which we 
have had the pleasure of working during the past year. 



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Water Department 

Harold C. Hudson, Chairman 
George B. Atkins Alfred N. Frazier 

Chester E. Bradley, Water Superintendent 

We respectfully submit our annual report of the activities of the Water De- 
partment for the year ending December 31, 1954. 

SERVICES: 

99 New Services have been installed 
14 Services renewed completely 

6 Services renewed from main to sidewalk 
1 1 Services renewed from sidewalk to meter 
63 Service leaks repaired 
58 Services cleaned out 
428 Services, on request, have been turned on or off 
25 Service boxes dug and repaired 

1 Service extended 
11 Frozen services thawed out 

METERS: 

32 Obsolete meters have been replaced with new ones 
330 Meters have been cleaned and tested 
85 Meter leaks have been repaired in the field 

6 Meters relocated 
75 Meters repaired 

4 Meters were damaged by freezing 

1 Meter was damaged by hot water 

MAINS: 

Cast Iron Mains newly installed or extended in the following streets: 652 feet 
of 6" cast iron pipe in Priscilla Road, 216 feet of 6" in Edgehill Road, 125 
feet of 6" pipe in Eastman Avenue, 180 feet of 6'' pipe in Sherwood Road, 1000 
feet of 16'' pipe in Columbia Street, making a total installation of 2173 feet. 
The dead end pipe in Ellis Terrace was tied in to the Norfolk Avenue main 
for circulation purposes. 

1725 feet of 10" cast iron pipe was laid in Foster Road from McArthur Cir- 
cle to Windsor Avenue. 2050 feet of 10" cast iron pipe was laid in Windsor 
Avenue from near the Lynn-Swampscott line to Nichols Street. This work was 
done by contract and supervised by this Department and the Engineering 
Department. 

1 1 breaks in our large mains were repaired 

18 main line gate boxes were dug up and repaired 

HYDRANTS: 

3 Hydrants damaged by motor vehicles were repaired 

6 Hydrants had new valves installed 

1 Hydrant was installed in Priscilla Road 

3 Hydrants were installed in Foster Road 

4 Hydrants were installed in Windsor Avenue 



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Our hydrant flushing program was carried on largely during the evening hours 
in order to cause as little inconvenience to the public as possible. 

The Fall inspection and winterizing has been completed and all Town De- 
partments having occasion to use hydrants were requested to notify us of the 
use of any hydrant during the Winter months. 



All excavations made by this department have been brought to grade and tar 
patched or cemented. 

Due to the foresight of the Water and Sewerage Board, the cooperation of the 
Finance Committee and the zeal of the Water Department employees, the Columbia 
Street connection with the Metropolitan main in Eastern Avenue, was completed 
this year; one year ahead of schedule and at a considerable saving of money. This 
new connection with the Metropolitan Water System assures the Town of a more 
constant water supply. We now have two separate supply lines with the Metro- 
politan Water System. 

In accordance with the vote of the Town Meeting and under the supervision 
of this Board and the Engineering Department, a 10'' cast iron water main 3770 feet 
in length with the necessary gates, hydrants and fittings were installed in Foster 
Road from McArthur Circle to Windsor Avenue and in Windsor Avenue from 
near the Lynn-Swampscott line to Nichols Street. This work was let out to contract 
on a unit price basis and by so doing, $14,789.55 out of the $70,000 appropria- 
tion now remains for further use. The Contractor completed his work in November 
and since that time 21 families out of the 30 families, to be benefitted by a year- 
round water supply, have applied for and have been connected to the new mains. 

In October of this year our standpipe which holds 850,000 gallons of water 
was drained, scraped, cleaned and given two coats of paint on the inside and a new 
coat of aluminum was applied to outside, after which it was refilled and put back 
into service. 

This year the employees of this department were called upon to do many 
new types of construction heretofore uncalled for in their line of work in order 
to expedite construction and save money. 

Much time was taken up repairing damages, locating pipes, moving services, 
etc. due to construction by contractors of gas mains through-out the Town, sewer 
mains, sidewalk and curb stone projects and road construction under Chapter 90, 

Without any fanfare it has been a practice for years among department heads 
to share their experiences and equipment with each other. When the havoc and 
destruction caused by hurricanes Carol and Edna, left the Town in a critical con- 
dition past Fall, this spirit of working cooperation benefitted the Town to the 
greatest degree. With only the thought of clearing up the situation as quickly as 
possible all department heads immediately made their personnel and equipment 
available for use. 

The details of water pipe construction follows and the cost of same can be 
found under the Town Accountant's Report. 



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Size 

11/4" 

11/2" 

2" 

4" 

6" 

8" 
10" 
12" 
14" 
16" 



Wrought 
Iron 



4067 ft. 



Cast 
Iron 



Cement 
Lined Brass 

303 ft. 
80 ft. 438 ft. 
1,468 ft. 2,736 ft. 



4067 ft. 



4,494 
149,735 
11,851 
26,393 
14,604 
4,812 
1,502 ft. 
213,291 ft. 



1,851 ft. 3,174 ft. 



Total miles of mains 



41.94 



HYDRANTS 

In use December 31, 1953 

Added in 1954 



345 
8 



GATES 



In use December 31, 1953 
Added in 1954 



353 



707 
12 



SERVICES 

In use December 31, 1953 . . . . 

Added in 1954 

Abandoned in 1954 



19 



3471 
99 
— 2 



Total 

303 ft. 
518 ft. 
8,271 ft. 
4,494 ft. 
149,735 ft. 
11,851 ft. 
26,393 ft. 
14,604 ft. 
4,812 ft. 
1,502 ft. 
221,483 ft. 



3568 

INVENTORY OF PROPERTY — WATER DEPARTMENT 

Water Mains and Standpipe (distribution system) $246,237.10 

Land on Pine Street 5,000.00 

Brick Building on Pine Street 2,000.00 

Two-Car Garage on Pine Street 3,000.00 

Water Shop and Garage 4,500.00 

Three Trucks 4,500.00 

Office Furniture and Equipment 2,600.00 

Meters and Parts (in service in system) 56,067.00 

Stock on Hand (pipe, fittings and etc.) 10,000.00 

$333,904.10 



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Sewer Department 

Harold C. Hudson, Chairman 
George B. Atkins Alfred N. Frazier 

Albert Enholm, Superintendent 

Sewer extensions were installed in Laurel Road, Coolidge Road, Pine Hill 
Road, Nantucket Avenue, Prospect Avenue and Worcester Avenue, a distance of 
2930 feet, making a total of 33 miles of sewer lines and 1008 manholes in Town. 

A new storm drain was installed from Fuller Avenue to Cedar Hill Terrace 
to alleviate flood conditions, and catch basins were built in Norfolk Avenue. 

At the Pumping Station the garage was turned around and put on a new 
foundation, and a shelter was built over the transmitter pit to keep out the elements. 
The cupola was repaired and part of the big chimney was pointed up. 

Brooks and culverts were cleaned. The Hawthorne Brook was cleaned and 
widened by bulldozer from the Tedesco property to Humphrey Street, and a new 
grate built. Roots, etc., were removed from storm basin lines periodically. During 
the hurricanes the Sewer Department employees worked in conjunction with all 
the other departments in helping the Park Department clean up the debris. 

New Particular Sewers laid and inspected 87 
Particular Sewers rodded and root cutter used (some repairs made) 182 

Main Sewers rodded, cleared of roots and grease 121 

Sand and Debris catcher pans replaced in manholes 38 

Noisy manhole covers sealed in 27 

Sewage Pumpings for 1954 appr. 566,000,000 gallons 

During excessive rain storms twenty-four hour surveillance must be maintained 
at the Pumping Station to attend the equipment, and standby service is in order 
during week ends and holidays. 

We wish to extend our thanks to all Town Departments and personnel for 
their kind and helpful cooperation during the year, that of the Highway Depart- 
ment resulting in substantial savings. 



Dog Officer 

John A. Boston, Dog Officer 

There were a total of 695 complaints and requests tor assistance. In most cases 
these were handled to the mutual satisfaction of all concerned. 

From April 1, 1954, to December 31, 1954, there were 542 dogs licensed m 
the town. 

A total of 70 animals were injured or killed on the streets of the town. 

Once again I wish to express my thanks to all departments and personnel for 
their cooperation and assistance. 

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Department of Civil Defense 

Robert O'Neill, Director 

Our job in Civil Defense is to warn the people that they may sometime, God 
forbid — have to cope with emergency conditions and to tell them what they 
must do. When we plan against an atomic attack we must make sure that we know the 
rules for survival and know how to help others when emergency comes. Civil 
Defense does not really exist until individuals and families are able to protect 
themselves against major disaster. That is why in this report to the citizens of 
Swampscott I urge all to take an active part in our Civil Defense program. 

We have during the past year seen the important part a Civil Defense organi- 
zation can play during peace time disasters. I refer to the hurricane disasters of 
August 31 and September 11, 1954. Its significance in time of war is obvious; 
its swift assistance in disaster areas last year proved its importance in time of peace. 
We, in Swampscott, as in many communities of the State, were alerted and our 
Auxiliary Police, Auxiliary Fire and Communications divisons are to be congratu- 
lated on the fine job they did during these emergencies. State Headquarters has 
prepared a scrapbook containing a list of all the precautions which should be taken 
in advance of a hurricane's arrival by State Agencies, by industry and by home 
owners. This list will be released to local directors, to newspapers and to radio 
and TV stations the first week in August 1955. 

We have added a new division to our Civil Defense organization — Rescue 
Service — with George E. Hutchinson and Alfred N. Frazier as Coordinators and 
Albert W. Lalime of the regular Fire Department as Civil Defense Rescue Instructor. 
The former Police ambulance has been turned over to Civil Defense and is being 
reconditioned, painted, and equipped as a Rescue Truck. We would like to 
acknowledge and thank the following for the help they gave Civil Defense in 
making this possible: Nel-Nick Motors of Lynn, Noyes Hardware and Standard 
Garage of Swampscott and especially Ted Ryan, head of our Highway Department 
for the cooperation he has given our Rescue group. The job of training members 
of the Rescue Team is being handled by Albert W. Lalime who during the past 
year attended the Federal Civil Defense Rescue Instructors' School at Olney, Mary- 
land for a period of two weeks and last Fall completed a week of advanced train- 
ing at the school. Fire Chief Charles Lampard received a letter from the Director 
of the Rescue School commending Mr. Lalime not only for his active participation 
and interest while attending the advanced course, but also for suggestions he gave 
for making future courses more interesting. 

The Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency at a meeting January 15 outlined 
the beginning of evacuation planning for Area I, of which Swampscott is a part. 

The basic justifications for mass evacuation are three: the development of 
atomic weapons of tremendously greater power, one thousand or even more times as 
powerful as the atomic weapons used at Hiroshima. The consequent great expansion 
of total or very severe devastation possible in any target; and the fact that shelters 
of types previously viewed as adequate are quite ineffective. The increasing ability 
of the Soviet Union to "deliver" its increasing stockpile of atomic weapons. 

In Massachusetts, three large areas and one small one are designated as 
Evacuation Zones. It is planned that virtually the entire population of these areas, 



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plus those persons in adjacent communities of the Neutral Zone who do not have 
adequate shelter, shall evacuate from them. The total population involved is ap- 
proximately three million people. Swampscott, adjacent to Lynn, an evacuation 
area, vv^ill have to make plans for evacuation as will the other communities bounding 
the City of Lynn. 

Even with these facts in mind, planning for mass evacuation would not be 
justified if we could expect little or no warning of attack. However, the increasing 
emphasis upon continental defense and the development of substantially better 
warning systems make it possible to assume a considerable increase in warning time. 
This in turn makes mass evacuation possible. The actual degree of success in an 
emergency will depend upon the thoroughness of Civil Defense planning and 
organization, the effectiveness of control of the actual evacuation movement, and 
the cooperation of the whole population based upon education as to evacuation 
plans and procedures. 

We must, whether we like the idea or not, make plans for evacuation here 
in Swampscott. We all know it will be a tremendous job. Personnel of all Divisions 
will have to be increased, especially the Auxiliary Police, Warden and Civilian War 
Aid groups. Every family will have to know just what they are to do; where they 
are to go; and how they are to get there. We sincerely hope that we will receive 
the whole-hearted cooperation of every resident in Swampscott when our final plans 
are made ready. 

To those who have taken Civil Defense lightly and have felt it unnecessary 
and all a waste of time, I can only say you are not playing fair with your neighbor 
who does believe in Civil Defense and is doing something about it; and you are 
letting your community down should a war time disaster strike. 

To those who have joined our Civil Defense organization my sincere thanks 
for their support and I can assure all of an active program now that we have a 
definite plan to work on. 

There are many who cannot take an active part in Civil Defense and there are 
many, a great many, who can. To these, I can only say we need your help. We have 
a big job to do in 1955. I only hope and pray we will get the job done in time. 



CDntrifautory Retirement System 

John G. McLearn, Chairman 
Harold R. Austin 
L Murray Adams, Secretary 

The system now has assets of $250,000.00, an increase of $30,000.00 over 
1953. Pension payments were $33,733.66 in 1954 as compared with $30,542.29 in 
1953. Of this amount $4,981.39 was paid to widows whose husbands were killed 
on active duty. 

Our members now total 162, no change from 1953, Pensioners 25, in 1953, 
—23. 

On file in this office is a financial statement which may be examined by 
members. 

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Highway Department 



Timothy J. Ryan, Surveyor 



Year 



Employees Budget 



Expenditures 



1949 
1950 
1951 
1952 
1953 
1954 



26 $118,209.40 

26 108,490.68 

26 111,584.91 

26 131,579.79 

26 129,491.26 

26 132,191.26 



$110,803.33 
102,563.64 
109,415.81 
118,715.64 
122,255.29 
126,319.17 



The year 1954 will be well remembered by all the Citizens of the Town. 

On August 31, 1954 the town was struck by "Hurricane Carol" followed by 
the "Hurricane Edna" on September 11, 1954, which caused serious trouble and 
destruction to the town. 

Your Surveyor was on his second day of his vacation in Canada and as a 
result of the Hurricane returned to Swampscott to administrate the duties of his 
department. 

The Highway Department worked three full weeks with extra men on this 
emergency with other departments to clear up the debris caused by these hurricanes. 

As a result of the work done by this Department, the Board of Selectmen on 
October 7, 1954 commended the members of the Highway Department for the 
efficient service rendered to the town. 

New sidewalks were constructed on three streets selected by the Board of 
Selectmen under the Continuous Sidewalk Act. 

Four new streets accepted by the Town have been built to grade and surfaced, 
namely: Laurel Road, Shelton Road, Charlotte Road and Duke Street. 

During the year, Beach Ave., Essex Ave., Maple Ave., Mountain Ave., Suffolk 
Ave., Alden Road and Deer Cove Road were resurfaced with a seal coating of 
Asphalt. 

As in previous years the department cleaned Preston Beach and Whales Beach 
during the summer months. 

Due to the hurricanes which came during the fall months some projects which 
had been planned by this department had to be deferred. 

Two employees of this department, Peter Cassidy and George H. Coan, who 
worked many years for the Town and rendered faithful service were retired on 
pension. 

Again, 1 am recommending that serious consideration be given to the recon- 
struction of Puritan Road under the Chapter 90 Highway Program. 

At this time, I wish to acknowledge the cooperation of the Engineering and 
all other town departments, and especially to the men of my own department who 
rendered many hours of service during the hurricane emergency. 



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Town Counsel 

James W. Santry, Jr. 

During the past year as Town Counsel, I have attended the various meetings of 
the Selectmen and other boards of the Town and have advised them on the various 
legal matters arising in the conduce of their official duties. I have prepared con- 
tracts for all major purchases by the various departments of the Town. 

The following parcels of property were taken by eminent domain for public 

use: 

Lots on McArthur Circle for an auxiliary standpipe for the Water Department. 

Land and buildings on Capen Road for Cemetery purposes. 

Easements for the laying of sewer mains in Worcester Avenue, Nantucket 

Avenue and Coolidge Road. 

Easements for the construction of a drain in the rear of the lots on Fuller 
Avenue. 

A triangular piece of land located at the easterly end of Fishermen's Beach 
containing approximately 18,000 square feet of land for Park purposes. 

Deeds were obtained from all parties in interest for the extension of Aspen 
Road to Millett Road. 

The sum of $4393.36 was collected from the estates of deceased persons to 
reimburse the Town for Old Age Assistance rendered to owners of real estate upon 
whose property the Bureau of Old Age Assistance had taken liens. 

One serious personal injury claim was settled with the approval of the Select- 
men in the sum of $750.00 and one property damage claim for damage to a boy's 
bicycle was settled in the sum of $42.50. 

Four appeals from the valuation placed upon real estate by the Board of 
Assessors were heard before the Appellate Tax Board in Boston. These cases were 
tried on November 30, 1954 and involved the assessments made for the years 1952, 
1953 and 1954. No decision has been handed down by the Appellate Tax Board on 
these cases as yet. At the present time, there are eight cases pending in the Appellate 
Tax Board. 

There are two cases pending in the Superior Court for personal injuries arising 
out of an alleged defect in a sidev/alk. There is one case pending in the Essex 
Superior Court arising out of alleged blasting damage on Pine Hill Road. There is 
one case pending in the Superior Court for damages arising out of a water condition 
on Winshaw Road. 



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Bflard of Health 



LoRiNG Grimes, M.D., Chairman 
E. Wallace Donald 
Robert C. Thomson, M.D. 
John E. LaPlante, Health Ojfker 

During the year 1954 the Board of Health received 119 death certificates from 
which the following figures were obtained. Our crude death rate was 10.3 per 1,000 
population, and our average life expectancy at birth was 67.6 years. This death rate 
is slightly smaller than last year and the life expectancy has increased three tenths of 
a year. These figures vary slightly from the national average due to the relatively 
small number. 

Our births totaled 187 through November 30th; 4 were stillbirths and 5 were 
premature births. All of the premature survived to date ; however we had two infant 
deaths which is unusual in a community of our size. 

The following list is a comparison of Communicable Diseases reported during 
the past 3 years: 



Chicken-pox 

German Measles 

Hepatitis(Infectious) 

Measles 

Mumps 

Poliomyelitis (non-paralytic) 

Salmonellosis 

Scarlet Fever 

Septic Sore Throat 

Tuberculosis (pulmonary) 
Whooping cough 



1954 


1953 


1952 


216 


169 


252 


6 


14 


22 


3 


1 





162 


4 


310 


186 


41 


122 


5 





7 


1 








14 


12 


10 


1 








3 


2 


3 


7 


8 


10 




Dental Examinations Given Diphtheria and Tetanus Immunization Clinic 

To All Elementary School Pupils Held In All Elementary Schools 



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Blood Donors For Polio Field Trials 



The three most common childhood diseases, Chicken-pox, Measles, and Mumps, 
have fluctuated considerably over the last three years as might be expected. At the 
close of this year the incidence of Chicken-pox and Mumps was increasing and the 
Measles incidence was beginning to decline. The incidence of other diseases remains 
approximately the same with the exception of poliomyelitis. 

This year Swampscott was given the opportunity to participate in the nation 
wide Salk Polio vaccine field trials to test the poloi protective power of Dr. Salk's 
vaccine. Every child in the first three grades exclusive of kindergartens was given 
the opportunity to participate. The children and parents responded enthusiastically, 
and a total of 327 out of 742 leceived the vaccine. This project was only possible 
through the whole-hearted cooperation and assistance of our Doctors, Nurses, 
Parents, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, School personnel. State Depart- 
ment of Public Health, Newspapers, and many other interested citizens. 

The attached photo shows a group of the polio pioneers who donated blood 
specimens. These blood specimens are an essential part of the experiment which will 
show the vaccine effect on polio antibodies in the blood. 

The regular immunization program was carried out with a total of 9 children 
who received the complete immunization treatment for Diphtheria, and Tetanus 
and 230 who received a booster dose. These figures have been diminishing the past 



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few years as more patients are having the immunization performed before entering 
school. 

Semi-annual dental examinations were performed in all the Schools from kin- 
dergarten through the sixth grade and the results indicate that dental hygiene con- 
tinues to be one of our major health problems. 

The number of plumbing permits issued this year was 612 an increase of 165 
over the previous year. 

The annual rabies inoculation clinic was held in September and 199 dogs were 
inoculated out of the 543 licensed. 

In conclusion we wish to acknowledge the fine cooperation and assistance 
received from all other municipal departments and agencies. 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

C. Walter Burrill, Sealer 
Scales and Measures 

Adjusted Sealed Not Sealed Condemned 

44 276 6 3 

Trail Weighings 

Tested Correct Under Over 

711 666 6 39 

There were 804 Inspection and 128 Inspections Made. 

This department extends its gratitude for the cooperation given by those who 
helped in my duties as Sealer. 



Board of Appeals 

C. Glover Bowes, Chairman 
EusTis B. Grimes T. Paul Corcoran 

John S. McKenney, A. Bruce Durkee, Associate Members 

During the past year there were twenty-eight cases heard before the Board of 
Appeals. 

One case was appealed to the Superior Court but later withdrawn. 

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Falice Department 

Francis P. Wall, Chief 

On November 4, 1954 Lawrence R. Corcoran was appointed a Reserve Officer 
to fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Charles H. Bickford to the regular 
force. 

During the year Officers Charles H. Bickford and Herbert F. Frazier, Jr., 
attended and graduated from the Massachusetts State Police School. The training 
of Police Officers at this school has proved to be beneficial both to the Officers and 
to the Department. 

AUXILIARY POUCE 

During the year the Auxiliary Police Force has been active and is receiving 
general training under the direction of Captain John P. Costin. This force is available 
and ready for immediate service at any time. 



ARRESTS 

On warrant 6 

Without warrant 41 

Summonsed to appear in Court 17 

Witness summonses served 25 

Warrants served for other Police Departments 7 

Summonses to appear in Court served for other Police Departments 249 

OFFENCES CHARGED 

Assault 2 

Assault and Battery 5 

Attempt to break and enter in daytime 

with intent to commit larceny 1 

Breaking and entering and larceny in daytime 2 

Breaking and entering in daytime with intent to commit larceny. . 2 

Breaking and entering and larceny in nighttime 2 

Breaking and entering in nighttime 

with intent to commit larceny 1 

Breaking and entering in daytime with intent to assault 1 

Breaking glass 1 

Carrying revolver without permit 2 

Drunkenness 30 

Gaming on Lord 's Day 4 

Larceny 9 

Motor vehicle laws: 

Allowing improper person to operate motor vehicle 1 

Attaching improper registration plate to motor vehicle 2 

Failure to stop motor vehicle on signal of Police Officer .... 1 

Larceny of automobile 2 

Leaving scene of accident not making self known — 

Property Damage 2 

Operating motor vehicle after revocation of license 1 

Operating motor vehicle under the influence of liquor 8 

Operating motor vehicle without a license 6 

Operating unregistered motor vehicle 5 

Operating uninsured motor vehicle 5 

Permitting improperly registered motor vehicle to be operated 1 

Bounding curve in excess of 15 miles per hour 1 

Using motor vehicle without authority 4 

Robbery 4 



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DISPOSITION OF CASES 

Appeal cases pending 3 

Dismissed 2 

Filed 3G 

Fined 29 

Found not guilty 5 

Probation 2 

Eeleased (Drunkenness, first offense) 16 

Sentenced to Concord Eeformatorv ] 

Sentenced to House of Correction 2 

Suspended sentenced to House of Correction 4 

Sentenced to State Prison 2 

Turned over to Youth Service Board 3 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Accidents: 

Automobile accidents reported and investigated 

Fatalities 

Accidents involving personal injuries 46 

Property damage only 31 

Personal injuries: 

Pedestrians injured 6 

Bicyclists 2 

Operators and passengers 67 

Ambulance Service: 

To Accidents 8 

To false alarms 10 

To fires 26 

To fire in Lynn 1 

Persons conveyed to Hospitals 15S 

Persons conveyed to Doctor's Office 4 

Persons conveyed to Rest Homes 17 

Persons conveyed from Hospital to home 37 

Persons conveyed from Church to home 2 

Persons conveyed from Hosi)ital to Nursing Home 10 

Person conveyed from Nursing Home to Hospital 1 

Person conveyed from School to home 1 

Persons conveyed from Nursing Home to home 2 

Use of Inhalator 3 

Motor Patrol Car Service: 

Assistance given to sick and injured persons 42 

Persons conveyed to Doctor 's Office 4 

Persons conveyed to Hospitals 51 

Person conveyed to Lvnn Infirmary 1 

Persons conveyed to Nursing Home 4 

Persons conveyed from Hospital to home 9 

Persons conveyed from Nursing Home to home 2 

To false alarm 10 

To fires 26 

Breaking and entering investigated 29 

Complaints investigated 861 

Doors and windows found open and secured 165 

Duty calls made by patrolmen from police boxes 47,484 

Larceny reports $50 and over investigated 36 

Larceny reports under $50 investigated 52 

Licenses Issued: 

Bicycle licenses 205 

Pistol Permits 107 

Permits to perform necessary work on the Lord's Day 16 

Lights in vacant buildings investigated 34 

Manhole covers reported loose 11 

Messages delivered for other l*olice Departments, etc 105 



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Motor Vehicle Moving Violations: 

Eeported to Registrar of Motor Vehicles 185 

Warnings issued 96 

Parking Violations: 

Court Summonses issued 657 

Motor Vehicles tagged 1249 

Persons reported missing and located 49 

Residences temporarily closed and special attention given 374 

Sale or transfer of motor vehicle notices filed 357 

Sale of second-hand motor vehicle notices filed 174 

Street lamps reported out 116 

Street and sidewalk defects reported 30 

Sunken trenches reported 9 

Trees reported down 55 

Water leaks reported 14 

Windows reported broken and cases investigated 68 

Wires reported defective 39 



DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT 

The equipment of this department is regularly inspected and tested and no 
effort is spared to have it ready for instant use at all times. 

RECOMMENDATIONS 

I recommend that the Town purchase two new motor vehicles to be used as 
patrol cars to replace two 1954 Chevrolet sedans which are now in use. 

APPRECIATION 

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Board of Selectmen, to the 
members of my department, to the officers and members of the Auxiliary Police, 
to all Town departments, and to all others who have co-operated with me during 
the year. 



Cemetery Department 

Arthur E. Hardy, Superintendent 

The total interments for the year 1954 were 98. All receipts for funerals, 
foundations, and sale of lots were paid to the Town Treasurer. 

The wall along Essex Street from Danvers Road to the Chapel gate has been 
rebuilt. 

Gates at the Cemetery have been repaired. 

All damage caused by the two hurricanes has been taken care of. 

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to Theodore Cooke of the Lynn Sand 
& Stone Co. for his gift of all pea stone used by the Cemetery Department. 

To the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the men of my department, 
and all other departments and their personnel who have co-operated with me during 
the past year, I wish to express my sincere thanks. 

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Board nf Park Commissianers 

Roland C. Booma, Chairman 
Frederick C. Burk 
Lewis H. Berry, Secretary 

HOCKEY RINK 

Due to heavy rains in the spring of the year, the surface of the hockey rink was 
inundated requiring a major repair. The repair work was not carried on until late 
in the fall and so late that it was not deemed advisable to apply a waterproofing 
compound, which has resulted in a poor season for making ice. 

HURRICANES 

On August 31st, the town was struck by the worst hurricane in our history, 
named by the weather bureau, Carol, and eleven days later the second hurricane 
struck causing additional damage, this time called Edna. The combination of the 
two storms caused more damage to public trees than the previous one in 1938. 
A total, exceeding five hundred trees, was a loss from which we will never complete- 
ly recover. Badly damaged trees that were not blown over had to be removed and 
for several years we will be pruning torn, broken, and hanging branches. Nature 
has a remarkable way of compensating for damage, but a large replanting program 
must be started in the spring. 

Through the cooperation and confidence extended by the Board of Selectmen 
and all other town departments, funds and man-power were made available to clear 
the town in rapid time. Cleaning up was only a small part of the problem; where to 
dispose of the debris was the big question, which was solved by the public spirit of 
Mr. Theodore Cooke, who allowed the stumps to be dumped at one location and 
the debris over the quarry wall to be burned in a huge fire. It was a remarkable 
piece of cooperation between the townspeople and the operating departments, which 
only proves the close bonds in time of common disaster. 

MOTH 

The spraying season was highlighted by the loss of the hydraulic spray machine 
from a flash fire. We are indebted to Captain Frank Maitland and his men from the 
Phillips Beach station for putting out the fire in a very effecient manner. Because 
cf adequate insurance coverage, we were able to have an entire new spray rig in 
operation in less than two weeks. 

Except for the Japanese beetle, no other insect was in access. 

DUTCH ELM 

Thirty elms that were either dead or infected with Dutch Elm disease were 
removed previous to the hurricanes. We look forward to increased trouble next year 
due to the many torn branches and possible nesting spots of the elm bark beetles. 
By the rate we are losing elms, they will be extinct in town in ten years. 

LITTLE LEAGUE 

A very successful first season was carried on by the newly formed Little League. 
The league management for the most part, was made up of interested parents and 
devoted baseball fans. We wish to congratulate them on the fine job they did 
in making a very successful season. Our part consisted in making playing fields 



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available for the boys. Practice fields were made at Jackson, Abbott, and Phillips 
Park and a temporary game field was put in at Phillips Park. This field was made 
possible by the loan of a snow fence from the Massachusetts Department of Public 
Works. As the season progressed it became apparent that this field was inadequate 
and so a search was made for a new location for a permanent site. We were able to 
start a new field at the rear of Jackson Park, bordering the Greenway, and given a 
big impetus by the gift of the First Church Congregational of enough turf to sod 
the entire infield, we feel that the field will be in use next spring. 

RECREATION PROJECT 

The usual summer recreational project was carried on at all three parks under 
the able supervision of Mr. Richard Stevenson, a member of the High school faculty, 
an assistant football coach, and baseball coach. End of the season trips were enjoyed 
to Cranes' Beach for the girls and to Fenway Park for the boys. The Upper Swamp- 
scott Improvement Association continued its generosity in awarding achievement 
prizes. 

BLANEY BEACH 

This marks our first year of taking over the cleaning of Fisherman's Beach. 
As it was a new undertaking, we strove to do our best and believe that a creditable 
job was done. 

We were fortunate in having two fine lifeguards in Joseph Hines and Fred 
Johnson, and are pleased to say that when the emergency arose, they were found 
ready and contributed greatly in saving a life. They also conducted swimming classes 
for little tots. 

After many years of fine service, the life boat wore out and a new one is now 
being built to replace it. 

By action of the town meeting, the lower end of Fisherman's Beach, a small 
triangular plot opposite Orient Court, now comes under our jurisdiction. 

We acknowledge with thanks, services rendered us by the Engineering Depart- 
ment, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and all other departments that made it possible 
for us to do a better job. 



Rent Control Board 

William H. McIntyre, Chairman 
Spencer E. Olson, Secretary 
John R. Cooper Louis A. Hershman 

Everett C. Howe 

The Board has met periodically, holding a total of twelve meetings. Sixty-two 
petitions were received to be acted upon: fifty-five requests for increases were 
granted; and seven requests for increases were denied. The Board adjusted the 
maximum rent in one case by mutual agreement between the landlord and tenant. 

The cost of administering the Rent Control law for the year was $1374.75. 
$1331.25 was paid as salary to Mrs. Phyllis Doane, part-time clerk, and $43.50 was 
paid out for office expenses. 



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Housing Authority 

Gerald H. Pashby, Chairman 
David F. Doherty Thomas W. Duncan 

Eugene S. Moreau John A. Massey 

We would be lacking in gratitude if we did not acknowledge the work of the 
various town departments and the State Housing Board who gave unselfishly of 
their time and efforts to advance the cause of the veterans housing program in the 
town. 

The debts of the Authority are not the debts of the Town as the Authority is 
independent of the Town. However, four of the members are elected while the fifth 
member is appointed by the State Housing Board for a five-year term. The other four 
members are elected for a five-year term with staggered expiration dates, guarantee- 
ing a majority of experienced members to carry out the business of the Authority. 

Officers are elected annually and consist of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, 
Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. The Authority receives little or no compensation 
for their many hours of service except satisfaction of participating in a program 
designed to help those veterans in need. 

In September we completed the annual re-examination of family income. 
Rents were adjusted in accordance with management program. One tenant was 
found to be in the over-income group and he was duly noLified to vacate the premises 
within a reasonable time. 

The number of eligible applications are steadily increasing because of the 
Korean War dischargees and migratory shift in \eteran population. 

During the latter part of the year we investigated complaints of excessive fuel 
bills and minimum benefits received. It was found that complaints were justified. 
A survey was made and it was found that by installing a steel type of combination 
storm and screen window on all first floor windows of all buildings the problem 
v.ould be solved. Approval was received by the State Housing Board and the matter 
will be attended to in the coming year. 

Our preliminary application for ten units to provide housing for elderly persons, 
over sixty-five, in the low income group, was withdrawn because of the lack of 
eligible applications. 

Our subsidy from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the year 1954 
amounted to $7,686.33 which is less than the $10,150.00 that could be obtained for 
debt requirements. 

A program of preventive maintenance is continually followed by the Authority 
to rectify maintenance problems before they become major and expensive to repair. 

The Swampscott Project consists of 9 multiple buildings, 4 apartments in each 
building for a total of 36 apartments. There are 20-4 room and 16-5 room apart- 
ments. There are 36 individual cellars and heating units. Each apartment is equipped 
with an electric range and refrigerator. The tenant supplies his own fuel and 
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The average monthly rental for project amounted to $43.63 for the year 1954. 
In no case can the monthly rental fall below $34.50, minimum requirements 
established by the State Housing Board, in order for the Authority to meet its 
linancial obligations. 

A total of $1,751.20 was paid to the Town of Swampscott during the year, 
$1,296.00 representing payment in lieu of taxes and $455.20 for water bills. 

In the four and one half years of operation we have never failed to collect 
the rents due nor have we had a vacancy loss. This shows an achievement between 
tenant and management. 



Admission Limits: 

a. families with 1 minor dependent up to $3650.00 

b. families with 2 minor dependents up to 3775.00 

c. families with 3 minor dependents up to 3900.00 

Continued Occupancy Limit: 

a. families with 1 or less minor dependents .$3900.00 

b. families with 2 minor dependents 4025.00 

c. families with 3 or more minor dependents 4150.00 

Rent Schedule relating to family income: 



a. 18% for families with 1 or less minor dependents 

b. 16% for families with 2 minor dependents 

*c. 14%, for families with 3 or more minor dependents 
*$100.00 deduction from family income for each minor dependent child 



in excess of three in number. 
Minimum monthly rents 

a. families with 1 or less minor dependents $30.00 

b. families with 2 minor dependents 26.50 

c. families with 3 or more minor dependents 23.50 



Tenants are selected so that the monthly rental income of the project does not 
fall below $1,242.00 which constitutes an average monthly rent of $34.50. 

The perennial question of who pays the true cost of low-rent public housing 
can be answered by a report submitted by the National Housing Conference as 
follows : 

"Tenants pay 60% of cost of public housing, community contributes 13% 
and the government agencies provide the balance." 

We believe that this is an informative statement to citizens who are interested 
in housing. 

To all our readers we extend a cordial invitation to give us their comments 
on our reports and suggestions they would like to see in the 1955 report. 

TRIAL BALANCE FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1954 



ASSETS 

Administration Fund $ 24,206.39 

Petty Cash 20.00 

Tenants Accounts Eeceivable 79.00 

Debt Service Fund 10,368.75 

Investment Debt Service Trust Fund 5,000.00 

Debt Service Trust Fund 767.38 

Development Costs $406,000.00 

Less: Development Costs Liquidation .. 21,000.00 385,000.00 



Total Assets .$425,441.52 



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UABILITIES 

Accrued Insurance $ 2,576.00 

Matured Interest and Principal 10,368.75 

Bonds Authorized $406,000.00 

Less: Bonds Eetired 21,000.00 385,000.00 

Debt Service Keserve 4,896.68 

Unam. Bond Premium 5,767.38 

Operating Eeserve 10,835.83 

Earned Surplus 5,996.88 

Total Liabilities $425,441.52 

Balance as per check book $24,206.39 

Deposit not credited 85.50 

24,120.89 

Balance as per bank statement 24,120.89 



Inspector of Wires 

Fred D. Sargent, Inspector 

I herewith submit the following report for the year ending December 31, 1954. 
This report covers the period from January 1, 1954 to December 31, 1954. 

Permits Fees 



Month Issued Collected 

January 33 $24.00 

February 22 29.25 

March 39 36.50 

April 34 30.25 

May 30 37.00 

June 20 15.00 

July 55 44.75 

August 49 82.25 

September 43 56.00 

October 52 43.00 

November 55 60.50 

December 67 82.00 



Total 499 $540.50 



Frequent inspections are made of electrical installations in new buildings and 
of changes made in old work. Work performed is in accordance with the require- 
ments of the Massachusetts State Code. 



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Fire Department 

Charles H. Lampard, Chief 

The 1954 report of the Fire Department, Forest Warden and Superintendent 
of Fire Alarm is hereby submitted: 

MANUAL FORCE 

The permanent force consists of 32 men including the Chief, Deputy Chief, 
5 Captains and 25 regulars. 

During the year Mr, Luke E. Thompson retired after 32 years of faithful and 
efficient service to the town. His retirement took place in July and the occasion was 
marked by a testimonial banquet held at the Central House. Frank G. Williams was 
appointed to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Thompson's retirement. 

Also during the year Mr. James J. Frary was appointed a permanent member 
to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Warren C. Dunphy, Jr. Mr. Dunphy 
at the time of his death was serving in the United States Air Force as a Captain. He 
was called back to active service January 4!:h, 1952. 

MEMORIAM 

We record our sorrow of Mr. Warren Dunphy's untimely passing and 
express to his widow and family our heartfelt sympathy. We have lost one 
whose memory will be cherished by those who knew him and what he stood 
for. 

During the past year a number of calls were answered by the department. 
Of the 503 calls received 413 were by telephone calls, 7 verbally, 4 by radio, 43 
through the alarm system and 36 by telephone followed by box alarm. 

FIRE PREVENTION 

Lectures have been given in the past year in the Public and Parochial schools 
in connection with Fire Prevention Week. 

All business properties were inspected and recommendations made. 

Many permits were issued for fires in the open air. 197 inspections were made 
of oil burners installed and storage of same. 69 permits were issued for blasting. 

APPARATUS 

We expect to put into service about May 1st, two new pieces of apparatus to 
be known as Engine :^1 and Engine #2. Both of these pumpers are of the 750 
gallon type manufactured by the Maxim Company. One will be stationed at the 
Central Fire House and the other will be placed in service at the Phillips Beach 
Engine House. This apparatus was recommended by the Fire Chief and the Board of 
Selectmen after an extensive study of their need. 

The remainder of the apparatus will require only the usual running repairs. 

FIRE ALARM 

Our Fire Alarm System is in good condition at the present time due to the 
fine maintenance program that we have. 



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During the hurricanes extensive damage was experienced and in some cases it 
v\-ill take a 2 year program to make permanent repairs which are now of thei 
temporary measure. 

BUILDINGS 

The Central Fire Station is now 64 years old, and is in very poor condition. 
As I have stated before, this structure was built to be used as a stable. Its design, 
while characteristic of the 1891 period, has been condemned by the state or local 
plumbing, health, electrical or building inspectors today. With these condemnations 
facing us many costly repairs are required in the immediate future in order to comply 
with recommendations of the above authorities. Therefore, I wish to recommend to 
the citizens of Swampscott the urgent need for a new^ centralized fire station. 

An article to this effect will be placed in the town warrant. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE 

I urge all persons discovering hres in buildings to sound the nearest fire alarm 
box (if within reasonable distance) . This is quicker and more accurate than the 
telephone. If possible stay at the box and direct the apparatus to the fire. If a tele- 
phone must be used, DIAL LYnn 2-0082 or Dial Operator and give her the location 
of the fire as well as your name and address. PLEASE BE CALM TO AVOID 
CONFUSION. 

APPRECIATION 

I am indebted to the Board of Selectmen, members of the Finance Committee, 
the Auxiliary Fire Department and all other town officials for their invaluable 
cooperation during the year. I especially wish to thank the personnel of m)- 
cepartment for their excellent assistance to me. 

In closing this report, the thought has come upon me that it is the last I shall 
be called upon to write, since I have to retire from the fire department on October 1, 
1955. At that time I shall have completed 38 years as a firefighter in which the last 
16 years I have served as the Chief of the Swampscott Fire Department. I wish to 
say to the ci:izens of Swampscott that I have never regretted my decision in choosing 
firefighting as my career. The people of Swampscott have become my friends. I can 
think of no com^munit}^ where my relationships with the communit)^-at-large, with 
the many fine boards of selectmen under whom I have served, or with my personnel, 
could have been more cordial. I can wish no greater happiness for my successor 
than that his experience shall be as mine has been. 



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Board of Public Welfare 

NoRBERT A. Ulman, Chaivmau 
Paul C. Curtis 
Donald Redfern 
Walter L. Ranger, Agent 

In order to achieve uniformity throughout the state in quality and quantity or 
medical care provided to recipients of public assistance, the State Department of 
Public Welfare instituted a new medical care plan on July 1st, 1954. This plan 
practically doubled the clerical and statistical work of this department. Strict com- 
pliance with the regulations of this plan is required in order to receive reimburse- 
ment from the State and Federal Government for medical care. We are pleased to 
report that we have received excellent cooperation from our local physicians and 
vendors of medical services. 



During the past year we have secured employment in twelve instances for 
persons who w^re being aided temporarily on our General Relief rolls. 

We wish to express our appreciation of the splendid cooperation of the Swamp- 
scott Visiting Nurse Association who made a total of 517 visits during 1954 to 
recipients of all categories of assistance, and to Chief of Police Francis P. Wall and 
the members of his department for their usual prompt and considerate service in 
moving recipients to and from hospitals and convalescent homes. 



CASES AIDED IN 1954 

Cases Persons 

General Relief 37 81 

Old Age Assistance 211 211 

Aid to Dependent Children 10 32 

Disability Assistance 10 10 

The following is a summary of the financial operations of the department for the 
year 1954. 



GENERAL RELIEF 

Expenditures 

Salaries and Wages $ 3,768.45 

Relief by Town 12,272.13 16,040.58 

Reimbursements 

State Department 3,887.51* 

Cities and Towns 1,452.73* 5,340.24 

Xet Cost to Town 10,700.34 



OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 

Expenditures 

For Assistance 

Town Funds $ 80,000.00 

Federal Funds 61,693.14 141,693.14 

For Administration 

Town Funds 4,138.89 

Federal Funds 7,271.82 11,410.71 153,103.85 



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Eeimbursements 
For Assistance 

State Department 55,866.32* 

Federal Government 61,068.01 

Cities & Towns 3,660.54* 

Individuals 1,258.68* 121,853.55 

For Administration 

Federal Government 5,313.33 127,166.88 

Net Cost to Town 25,936.97 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN 

Expenditures 

For Assistance 

Town Funds $ 7,334.62 

Federal Funds 1,685.48 9,020.10 

For Administration 

Federal Funds 1,166.57 10,186.67 

Eeimbursements 
For Assistance 

State Department 3,579.15* 

Federal Government 4,706.42 8,285.57 

For Administration 

Federal Government 1,161.53 9,447.10 

Net Cost to Town 739.57 

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE 

Expenditures 

For Assistance 

Town Funds $ 6,000.00 

Federal Funds 1,804.81 7,804.81 

For Administration 

Federal Funds 27.00 7,831.81 

Reimbursements 
For Assistance 

State Department 2,455.85* 

Federal Government 2,591.02 

Individuals 247.76* 5,294.63 

For Administration 

State Department 166.16* 

Federal Government 332.33 498.49 5,793.12: 

Net Cost to Town 2,038.69' 

* Not available for use of this department. 
Federal Funds on Hand, December 31, 1954 

For For 
Assistance Administration 

Old Age Assistance $ 10,036.97 $2,431.33 

Aid to Dependent Children . . 6,590.85 1,120.83 
Disability Assistance 4,782.17 1,110.95 



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The Department of Veterans' Services 

Newton S. Courtney, Director 
1949 to Present date 
Office hours: From 0900 until noon, Mondays through Friday. 
Phone: LYnn 3-4313. 

PAST VETERANS' AGENTS 

Horace Parker Frank Burk 

James Hegarty I. Murray Adams 

E. Stanley Flagg 

HISTORY AND DUTIES 

The nucleus of this department was organized shortly after the Civil War to 
assist veterans of the Union Army to reach their homes after they were discharged. 




Civil War Monument and flagpole in Monument Square. 
This monument contains the names of the 14 men from 
Swampscott who died during the Civil War. 

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After the war, financial assistance was continued to assist needy veterans and their 
families. Through the years it has been known by various titles, a few of which 
are Soldiers' Relief, Military Aid, State Aid, etc. In the early days of the department 
and until World War I, funds were usually dispensed by the Office of the Over- 
seers of the Poor, (now called Welfare E)ept.) After World War I a separate^ 
department was formed and its department head was known as a "veterans' Agent". 

In 1945 the department was re-organized by the State legislature and the title 
changed to "Veterans' Services". The functions of this department was divided 
into two sections, the first known as Veterans' Benefits continued the aiding of 
needy veterans and their dependents. The second section is known as Veterans' 
Services and the duties of this section are to assist veterans and their dependents 
in any and all ways possible. 

The larger cities usually have two distinct of?ices with a separate chief for 
each office. Some 10 or 12 cities in the Commonwealth have now placed these 
heads of the department under State Civil Service. In all other towns and cities 
they are appointed annually by the Board of Selectmen, the Mayor or City Council. 
The administration of funds by Veterans' Agents is supervised by a State Com- 
missioner who is appointed by the Governor. Under State law each town or city 
in the Commonwealth must have a Department of Veterans' Services. The head 
of each department may bear the title of Commissioner, Director or Agent, the 
title being selected by each city or town. 

Funds paid by each department as veterans' benefits, are shared equally by 
the State, if the case is approved by the State Commissioner's office. In order to 
be eligible for veterans' benefits a veteran (or his dependent) must meet certain 
conditions as are set forth in Chapter 115 and amendments thereto of the General 
Laws of the Commonwealth. Information and an application for veterans' benefits 
may be obtained from this office. 



"Lest We Forget" 
CIVIL WAR 

President: Abraham Lincoln 

12 April 1861: Fort Sumter, South Carolina fired on by Southern forces. 
26 May 1865: Surrender of last Confederate Army. 

Approximately 200 Swampscott men joined the Union Army or Navy, 1 
\Oiom made the supreme sacrifice. 

"May God make his face shine upon them, 
and grant them Peace" . 

1. George D. Blaney 8. Michael Haley 

2. Joseph N. Boynton 9. Charles D. Mudge 

3. Alfred M. Chute 10. Patrick Milan 

4. Ezra Deland 11. Zacharia Small 

5. Thomas Donelly 12. Charles H. Smith 

6. Michael Fitzgerald 13. William A. Widger 

7. Caleb Stone 14. Joseph H. Sparks 

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The General James L. Bates Post N 
chartered 24 January 1870 with the folL 

Edwin A. Simpson, 1st Mass. Artillery 
John R. Merritt, 2nd Mass. Infantry 
Merritt E. Porter, 45th Mass. Infantry 
Edward Marsh, Jr., 2nd Mass. Infantry 
B. F. Smith, 45th Mass. Artillery 
E. T. Heath, 29th Mass. Infantry 
Sylvester Blaney, 22nd Mass. Infantry 

A. J. Noble, 1st Mass. Artillery 

B. H. Phillips, 10th Mass. Artillery 
G. W. Wilkins, 1st Mass. Artillery 

R. L. Rich, 45th Mass. Infantry 

The last member of General Ba 
Hamilton Weston Wyman. 



o. 118, Grand Army of the Republic was 
)wing Charter members: 

E. G. Blaney, 45th Mass. Infantry 

M. N. Woodbury, 12th Mass. Infantry 

S. F. Douglas, 45th Mass. Infantry 

Daniel G. Frazier, 8th Mass. Infantry 

J. A. Horton, 1st Mass. Artillery 

E. H. Caswell, U. S. Navy 

E. S. Martin, Jr., U. S. Navy 

W. H. Fletcher, 1st Mass. Artillery 

C. O. Blaney, U. S. Navy 

H. W. Wilson, U. S. Navy 

Post died on 7 October 1930 and was 



THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 

President: William McKinley 

It February 1898: The United States Battleship "MAINE" was sunk by an ex- 
plosion while at anchor in Havana Harbor, presumably by Spanish sympa- 
thizers. Most of the crew who were aboard perished. 

20 April 1898: The United States formally declared war against Spain. 

10 December 1898: The Treaty of Peace was signed at Paris, France 

Approximately ten men from Swampscott saw active service during the 
Spanish-American War, none of whom died in service. 

Hanging on the wall, over the fireplace in the main hall of the Administra- 
tion Building, is a memorial plaque cast from metal salvaged from the Battleship 
Maine after she was raised. The plaque was presented to the Town by Joseph 
Stevens Post 1240, V.F.W. in 1951. 



WORLD WAR I 

President: Woodrow Wilson 

7 May 1915: Cunard liner "Lusitania" sunk by German submarine off coast of 
Ireland with loss of many American lives. 

I Feb. 1917: Imperial German Government declares unrestricted submarine war- 

fare on all ships regardless of nationality. 

6 April 1917: The United States Government declares war against Germany and 
Austria-Hungary. 

II Nov. 1918: Armistice signed and all hostilities ceased on this date. 
28 June 1919: Treaty of Peace signed at Versailles, France. 

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Approximately 500 Swampscott men and women were on active duty during 
World War I. 181 served with the American Expeditionary Forces, 11 were 
wounded, 8 were gassed and 2 were captured by the enemy. 87 served with the 
Navy and 14 w^ere with the Marine Corps. 12 gave their lives, 4 being killed in 
action with the Army, 1 was killed in action serving with the Canadian Expedi- 
tionary Force, 1 died of wounds in France and 5 died in the U.S. 




World War I boulder in Monument Square contains the names of the 12 Swampscott 
men and women who gave their lives during this conflict. 

WORLD WAR I — ROLL OF HONOR 

Leon E. Abbott, KIA 13 July 1918 near Chateau-Thierry, France v/hile serving as 
a member of the 101st Signal Bn., 26th Div. Abbott Park and Leon E. Abbott 
Post 57, American Legion are named in his memory. 

Elmar Reinhold Bolinder, 1st Lt. Med. Corps died of spinal meningitis 1^ Feb. 1919, 
Merserves Hospital Center, France. 

William Moncton Bunting, Capt. Inf. died at Camp Devens, 28 Sept. 1918. 

John Enos Blocksidge, Cpl. Inf., KIA 2 Sept. 1918 while serving with Co. G, 127th 
Inf., 32nd Div., at Juvigny, France. Blocksidge Field is named in his memor)'. 

Wilfred G. Colclough, V\t., Inf. Canadian Expeditionary Force. KIA at Tilton 
Village, France 7 Oct. 1918. 

Harry W. Eastman. Pvt. 1st CI.. KIA near Beaumont Road, Verdun, France while 
serving as a member of Battery A 101st F.A.. 26th Div., 5 Nov. 1918. Eastman 
Avenue is named in his memory. 

Raymond Lane Howland, Pvt. KIA near Chateau-Thierry, France while serving with 
Battery A 101st F.A., 26th Div. Howland Park is named in h's memory. 

George Henry Morrill, Coxswain, U. S. Navy, died 19 Oct. 1918 from pnuemonia 
at Brooklyn Naval Hospital. 

Stuart Thomson, Capt. Ordnance, U.S. Army died from pnuemonia. Brookline, 
Mass., 23 March 1919. 

Ralph E. Williams, Pvt. 1st CI. Inf. KIA near St. Phauxant, France 9 Aug. 1919 
while serving with Co. B. 11th Machine Gun Bn. 

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Samuel George Wright, Pvt. Infantry died of pnuemonia at Camp Devens, 29 
March 1918. 

Ahce O. Potts, Miss, American Red Cross, died of influenza at Monessen, Pa., 16 
Nov. 1918. 

After World War I two new veterans' organizations were formed in Swamp- 

scott. 

Leon Abbott Post 57, American Legion was chartered on 25 June 1919. 

Joseph Stevens Post 1240, Veterans of Foreign Wars was chartered 18 Aug. 
1924. 



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World War II Memorial Flagpole The base contains the names of all Swampscott 
men and women who served in the Armed Forces. 



WORLD WAR n 

Presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt attd Harry S. Truman 

7 Dec. 1941: Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

8 Dec. 1941: United States declares war against the Japanese and German Govern- 

ments. 

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8 May 1945: V. E. Day — Germans signed surrender at Rheims, France. 

2 Sept. 1945: V. J. Day — Japanese signed surrender aboard USS Missouri in 
Tokyo Harbor. 

More than 1400 Swampscott men and women served in the armed forces of the 
U. S. during World War II. 42 men lost their lives. 

ROLL OF HONOR 

United States Army 

Armand F. Beatrice: Sgt. Inf. KIA in Italy 15 Nov. 1943. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

Alan L. Bjorkman: Pfc. Inf. KIA at Maisongette, (Vosges) France 27 Oct. 1944. 
Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Thomas K. Brown, Lieut. Inf. KIA in France 21 Aug. 1944. Awarded the Purple 
Heart, and the Silver Star medals. 

Ralph J. Ciardi, T/5 Engineers, KIA in Italy 9 Sept. 1944. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

Oscar B. CoUey Jr., Lt. F.A. KIA m Italy 12 Sept. 1943. Awarded Purple Heart 
and the Silver Star medals. 

George J Dunham Jr., Sgt. QM died in automobile accident Richmond, Va. 

Tom Hodges, Lt. Inf., KIA in Germany 20 Feb. 1945. Awarded Bronze Star Medal 
and Purple Heart. 

Leo A. Moore Jr. Capt. Inf. KIA France 3 Aug. 1944 Awarded Silver Star and 
Purple Heart. 

John Noonan, Pvt. Inf. KIA in Italy 15 July 1944. Awarded Purple Heart. 

Robert Norris, Lt. Inf. KIA in Leyte Islands 8 Dec. 1944. Awarded Silver Star 
and Purple Heart. 

Leon L. Pappas, Lt. Inf., KIA in Italy 15 May 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Michael Paradise, Staff Sgt. Inf. KIA in France 7 July 1944. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

Frank E. Powers, Jr. Pvt. Inf. KIA in Italy 5 Nov. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Charles G. Riddell Jr., Pfc. Inf. KIA in France 23 June 1945. Awarded the Purple 
Heart and Croix de Guerre. 

Gershon N. Ross, Pfc. Inf. KIA Leyte Islands 20 Oct. 1944. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

United States Army Air Corps 

William C. Brine, Lt. KIA over Germany 7 Oct. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. 
Brine Square is named in his memory. Brother of Robert. 

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Robert J. Brine, Lt. KIA over Italy 20 Jan. 1945. Awarded Purple Heart. Brine 
Square is named in his memory. Brother of William. 

Ralph G. Boyce, Lt. Plane shot down over England 6 May 1944, KIA. Awarded 



William L. Burt, Flight Officer, KIA New Caledonia 18 July 1943. Awarded the 
Silver Star and Purple Heart. 

Leslie R. Durkee Jr. Lt. KIA over China 30 May 1945. Awarded Purple Heart. 

Peter Duval, Lieut. Executed by Japanese on Mille Island 19 Jan. 1944. Awarded 
the Purple Heart. 

George F. Feeny, Sgt. 15th Air Force, KIA over Adriatic Sea. Awarded Purple 
Heart. 

John Homan Jr., Lt. KIA 18 Oct. 1943. Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Bernard Lipsky, Lt. KIA over France 17 Nov. 1944. Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Harold S. Thompson, Lt. Missing in action over Germany 10 Feb. 1943. Awarded 
the Purple Heart. 

Thomas D. Wadleigh, Staff Sgt. KIA over Germany 10 Sept. 1944. Awarded the 
Purple Heart. 

Donald J. Wilcox, Lt. Killed in plane crash, Oklahoma 16 May 1944. 



Charles H. Burgess, Pfc. KIA, Guadalcanal 27 Sept. 1942. Awarded Purple Heart. 

James M. J. Foody, Lt. KIA at Kinawa 9 May 1945 Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Antonio Gambale, Pfc. KIA in Pacific Area 30 Dec. 1943. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

Blaine Kehoe, Cpl. KIA on Cape Gloucester, New Britain Islands, 12 Feb. 1944. 
Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Joseph F. McCarty, Pvt. KIA on Guadalcanal 9 Oct. 1944. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

Gerald J. McGettrick, Pfc. KIA on Gaudalcanal 9 Oct. 1942. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

Harold D. Raymond, Cpl. KIA on Guadalcanal 14 Oct. 1942. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 



the Purple Heart. 




United States Marine Corps 



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United States Navy 

Morrison R. Brown, Lt. Lost at Sea Oct. 1943. Awarded Navy Cross and Purple 
Heart. 

George A. Foster, Ens. Killed when blimp was wrecked during storm in Gulf of 
Mexico. 

Frank H. Keegan Jr. CPO Lost at Sea near Australia 30 Nov. 1942. Awarded 
Purple Heart. 

Ralph W. Knowles, Seaman 1/c Lost at Sea 27 Oct. 1943 from USS Hornet in 
Pacific. Awarded the Purple Heart. 

Kenneth W. Saville, Ens. KIA in the Pacific 12 May 1944. Awarded the Purple 
Heart. 

United States Coast Guard 

Charles D. Addison Jr. St Died from intestinal surgery US Marine Hospital, Boston, 
Mass. 4 Dec. 1943. 

United States Merchant Marine 
James E. Sharp, Lost in Gulf of Mexico 20 May 1942 when SS Halo was torpedoed. 



KOREAN CONFLICT 

Presidents: Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower 

2!) June 1950: Chinese Communist and North Korean Forces invaded South Korea. 

31 Jan. 1955: Korean "emergency" declared over by Presidential proclamation. 

Figures are not available as to the number of Swampscott men and women 
who were members of the Armed Services during this "conflict". Three Swamp- 
scott men lost their lives. 

ROLL OF HONOR 

John A. Miller, Lt. Air Force KIA over Korea 8 Oct. 1951. Awarded Distinguished 
Flying Cross and Purple Heart. 

George A. Shore, Jr., Pfc. USMC KIA Korea 24 Sept. 1950. Awarded Purple Heart. 

Warren C. Dunphy Jr., Capt. Air Force, Killed by accident 18 July 1954, Sacra- 
mento, California. Awarded Presidential Unit Citation and Distinguished 
Flying Cross for World War II service in Europe. 

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Librarian Miss Edith Snow and her 
staff for some of the information contained in this report. While every effort has 
been made to secure accuracy, it is felt that some errors or omissions may have 
occurred. If any are noted it is requested that this office be informed. 



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Individuals Assisted 







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1— 1 








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VETERANS' BENEFITS 












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10 


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VETERANS' SERVICES 










Discharges and other official papers photostated 





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24 


418 


Non-service pensions filed with V. A 





18 








Service Connected claims for compensation filed with V. A. . 





1 


18 


62 


Hospitalization secured at V. A. or Quigley Hospital 





6 


4 


2 


Educational or G. I. Loans Processed 








8 


32 


Claims for increased Compensation filed with V. A 





8 


2 


1 


Eequests to Congress to assist veterans with V. A. matters . 





4 


6 


1 


Widows of Veterans assisted in filing claims with V, A 





2 


4 


1 


Applications for headstones filed with Dept. of Army 





2 


6 


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Korean Bonus forms processed 











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The following listed Swampscott veterans died during 1954. 

World War I 
Henry Jennings Collins 
John James Hughes 
Linthall E. Leatherby 
Edward Joseph Garity 
Warren S. Hildreth 
Ralph Russell 
Edward Marshall Kehoe 

World War II 



Gerry Bessom 22 May 

Edward James Connell 18 June 

Herbert Lester Farrell 30 August 

Korean Conflict 

Warren Charles Dunphy Jr. 18 July 



28 January 
4 February 
28 February 
29 April 
17 May 
23 May 
Oct. 



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Public Library 

STAFF 
Edith N. Snow, Librarian 
Elizabeth \X\ Forbes, Acting Children's Librarian 
Ruth E. Pollard, Reference Librarian 
Marguerite W. Condon, Part Time Assistant 

Barbara E. Mansur, Library Secretary 
Joanne H. Bishop, General Library Assistant 
Angelo Losano, Janitor 

TRUSTEES 
George W. Howe, Chairman 
Nelson J. Darling, Jr. 
Ruth M. Barry, Secretary 

The 1954 Town Meeting voted unanimously to accept the recommendation 
of the Building Needs Committee that an addition to the Public Library be built, 
and appropriated eight)' thousand dollars therefor, plus sixty-five hundred for new 
lights for the present building. As the Article provided, the Town Moderator ap- 
pointed a special Building Committee to carry out the project: Andrew R. Linscott, 
Chairman; Richard G. Appel; Nelson |. Darling, Jr.; Philip FI. Kitfield ; Mrs. 
Robert A. Linden. 

Report of progress on that project properly belongs to that Committee. The 
Library Board, however, must record their extreme gratification over the most 
generous gift of Henr}^ S. Baldwin. He gave outright the amount of ten thousand 
dollars for a room to be called "The Henry S. Baldwin Historical Room", which 
will contain his unique collection of local history. 

At the special Town Meeting in June the Library Board was authorized to 
accept personal propert)^ or gifts of money up to twent}'-five thousand dollars 
toward the building or its furnishings. The Trustees hope it will not be necessary 
tc ask for contributions but if the cost exceeds the appropriation, gifts will be 
welcome. 

Several noteworthy gifts of books, however, have been received: From the 
estate of Ralph Russell, a regular borrower and good friend of the Librar)', his 
collection of books and pictures dealing with the circus. 

From D. Curtis Noyes, Jr., an excellent set of Balzac in translation, and 
twent}'-one useful volumes by Jack London and Jules Verne. 

From Mrs. Nathan Cohen, a long run of National Geographic magazines, 
handy for the children's exclusive use. 



Saturday evening patronage has been decreasing for some time, as it has in 
many public libraries. Since January, 1954, the Library^ has, therefore, closed at 
6 P.M. on Saturdays only Notwithstanding this the adult circulation was 1245 
more volumes than in 1953. This closing means an extra morning's service from 



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each staff member who would have been scheduled for Saturday evening, as the 
working week is still 38 hours. Few people realize that with a small staff the 
ordering and preparation of books, as well as much maintenance work on the 
collection, must be done in uninterrupted hours when the Library is not open. 
Everyone works at least 3 mornings. 

Circulation in the Children's Room increased from 32,609 to 42,543. That is 
44 per cent of the total number of all books lent in 1954, though not quite all of 
the juvenile circulation is done from the Children's Room; the collections sent to 
classrooms accounted for 3,533 volumes. However the room is extremely busy all 
the time, with peak hours, when 90 to 100 children arrive, which pose particular 
problems. The popularity of the Summer Reading Club is great; 125 children 
finished the "book-a-week" required, and were eligible for the party. Vacation 
circulation equals or surpasses all but a couple of the winter months, indicating 
that the children read for pleasure as well as for school purposes. 

Six mailings of "Books Added" lists were made at intervals to each Town 
Meeting member and to teachers. One of our greatest needs is to let people know 
what is obtainable. 

Excellent stories in the Lynn papers have often pointed up our work most 
usefully. 




Club officers consult the Community Calendar in Swampscott Public Library 
for open dates when planning meetings 



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Jury List 



In accordance with Section 9 of Chapter 234 of the General Laws, the follow- 
ing Jury List is published in the Annual Town Report : 



Name 
Addison, Charles G. 
Allen, Eussel G. 
Anderson, Herbert E, 
Andrews, Herbert W. 
Armstead, Henry E. 
Austin, Harold E. 
Avey, Clarence W. 

Bailey, Eobert E., Jr. 
Bailey, Eobert W. 
Baril, Eoberre M. 
Bennett, Ealph O. 
Brown, Walter D. 
Burleigh, Elwood L. 

Carey, Francis D, 
Carver, Paul F. 
Cashman, Edward L. 
Chisholm, Theodore S. 
Christiansen, Arthur L. 
Clark, Frederic P. 
Condon, Thomas W. 
Connolley, William A. 
Cotton, Fred P. 
Cushman, Harold B. 

Davis, J. Price 
Day, Frank E. 
Deming, Charles 
Dermody, Gorham L. 
Doughty, Eobert S. 
Downey, James 
Drislane, John P. 
Drueas, Charles 
Durkee, Harold A. 
Dwyer, Charles W. 

Eastman, William A. 

Farren, Eobert X. 
Fellows, Frank G. 
Fish, Abbott W., Jr. 
Flanagan, Edward P. 
Flautt, John B. 
Frost, Karl M. 
Fuller, Gordon F. 

Goldstein, Henry 
Goodhue, George K., Jr. 
Goodwin, Herman A. 
Graham, Philip T. 
Grynkraut, John F. 

Hapgood, Franklin E. 
Harpin, Eaoul E. 
Harris, William W. 
Houghton, Austin S. 
Howe, Everett C. 
Hunt, Eobert F. 



Eesidence 

54 Sargent Eoad 

140 Beach Bluff Avenue 
34 Farragut Eoad 

37 Orient Court 
4 Francis Eoad 

150 Eedington Street 

56 Humphrey Street 

32 Greenwood Terrace 

141 Paradise Eoad 

55 Sherwood Eoad 

4 King Street 

29 Bates Eoad 

55 Bellevue Eoad 

63 Orchard Eoad 
24 Estabrook Eoad 
96 Puritan Eoad 

7 Eock Avenue 

62 Ocean View Eoad 

151 Phillips Avenue 
44a Atlantic Avenue 

30 Beach Avenue 

57 Sargent Eoad 
53 Lincoln Circle 

68 Middlesex Avenue 
43 Suffolk Avenue 
721 Humphrey Street 

37 Eockland*^ Street 
41 Eoy Street 

87 Melvin Avenue 

39 Middlesex Avenue 

64 Walnut Eoad 

28 Puritan Avenue 
172 Aspen Eoad 

32 Middlesex Avenue 

124 Greenwood Avenue 
73 Plymouth Avenue 
55 Greenwav 
338 Essex Street 
193 Humphrey Street 

29 Manton Eoad 

14 Ocean View Eoad 

8 Commonwealth Avenue 

15 Clarke Eoad 

142 Walker Eoad 

38 Maple Avenue 
38 Gale Eoad 

5 Fuller Terrace 
29 Norfolk Avenue 

33 Aspen Eoad 
62 Orient Court 

40 Magnolia Eoad 
281 Atlantic Avenue 



Occupation 
Manufacturer 
Godfrey-Cabot, Inc. 
Sales Manager 
Machinist 
Winder 
Bank Clerk 
Machinist 

United Shoe 

Accountant 

Sales Eng. 

Clerk 

Salesman 

Agent 

Asst. Chemist 

Merchant 

Production 

Foreman 

Manufacturer 

Clark & Friend 

Salesman 

Ins. Agent 

Sales 

Bakery Manager 
G. E. 

Hoague & Sprague 

Bank 

Sales 

Salesman 

G. E. 

Office Manager 

H. P. Hood 
Manufacturer 
Buyer 

Salesman 

Adver. 
Market 
Sales 

X. E. Tel. & Tel. 
Shoe Manufacturer 
Adver. 
Estimator 

Halter 
Banker 
Tanner 
Engineer 
Vice President 

Xews Agent 
Item 
Writer 
Sales 

Accountant 
Buyer 



1954 Annual Report 



Name 

Hunkins, Richard A. 
Hussey, Harold G. 

Ingalls, Michael M. 
Ingram, Stephen R. 

Jaffee, Harry N. 
Jewell, Richard G. 
Johanson, Helmer C. 
Johnson, Harry E. 
Johnson, Iver 

Kerr, Herbert B. 
Kline, L. Herbert 
Koban, Vassell A. 

Langmaid, Joseph 
Legro, Raymond P. 
Lewis, Carl S. 
Lilly, John M. 
Lobred, James I. 
Loring, Maynard N. 
Loveday, Edward D. 

MacPhee, Angus D. 
Manning, Richard F. 
McDermott, Bernard F. 
McManus, Julia L 
Merritt, Charles 
Milmore, Norville L. 
Minihane, Donald 
Morse, Judson P. 

Nichols, Howard A. 

O 'Connell, John P. 
O'Neill Robert F. 

Perron, Andre 
Pierce, Ralph 

Randall, Charles H. 
Regan, Patrick F. 
Remick, Ervin D., Jr. 
Roger, Norman 
Russell, Amos E. 

Sargent, Walter E, 
Sarra, Robert L. 
Shaw, Minot M. 
Snell, Walter B. 
Spurr, Francis A. 
Stahl, Louis E. 
Stairs, Wilbur C. 
Stevens, John H. 
Stowell, Frank S. 

Tilden, Calvin S. 
Townsend, Paul H. 
Turner, Frederick J. 
Turner, George A. 

Vance, George E. 
Vose, Harold L., Jr. 

Warfield, Earl B. 



Residence 

226 Salem Street 

20 Banks Terrace 

1 Puritan Lane 

18 Roy Street 

39 Bates Road 
314 Forest Avenue 

39 Lincoln House Avenue 
358 Essex Street 

26 Nichols Street 

19 Puritan Park 
8 Sheridan Terrace 

13 Phillips Circle 

26 Beach Bluff Avenue 
30 Suffolk Avenue 
187 Burrill Street 

40 Bellevue Road 
28 Shaw Road 
35 Bay View Drive 
40 Lewis Road 

17 Walnut Road 

21 Palmer Road 
38 Pleasant Street 

101 Melvin Avenue 
19 Banks Terrace 

34 BellevueRoad 
64 Franklin Avenue 
87 Ocean Avenue 

66 Magnolia Road 

22 Maple Avenue 
30 Stanwood Road 

57 Plymouth Avenue 
51 Lexington Circle 

7 Orient Court 
121 Norfolk Avenue 
164 Puritan Road 
6 Brown Road 
66 Kensington Lane 

79 Greenwood Avenue 

90 Puritan Road 
44 Winshaw Road 

141 Norfolk Avenue 

11 Thomas Road 

17 Allen Road 

21 Lodge Road 
100 Stetson Avenue 
335 Forest Avenue 

17 Middlesex Avenue 

35 Grant Road 

91 Farragut Road 
97 Phillips Avenue 

93 Kensington Lane 

16 Beverly Road 

17 Arbutus Road 



Occupation 

Asst. Manager 
Manager 

Salesman 
Leather 

Manager 
Engineer 
Eagle Shoe 
Leather Worker 
G. E. 

Furniture 

Manufacturer 

Designer 

Dealer 

Machinist 

Pur. Agent 

Y.M.C.A. 

Manager 

Clerk 

Jr. Executive 

Rem. Rand 
Hardware 
Accountant 
Home 
Tel. Co. 
Vice Pres. 
Mech. Eng. 
Steel 

Accountant 

Leather 
Salesman 

United Shoe 
Sales Rep. 

Mechanic 
Asst. Manager 
Pers, Work 
Buyer 
Manager 

Salesman 

Shoe 

Manager 

Oil Burners 

Teacher 

Chemist 

G. E. 

Booma-Breed 
Bookkeeper 

Machinist 
Sylvan ia 
Mech. Eng. 
Coca-Cola 

Foreman 
Paint Co. 

Dealer 

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Xame Residence Occupation 



Waruock. Philip B. 


2S 


Bay A'iew Drive 


Launderette 


Wav. John S. 


121 


Beach Bluff Avenue 


Salesman 


Webber. Robert P. 




Elliott Street 


Lab. Tech. 


Welch. John Q. 


76 


King Street 


G. E. 


Welsh. Richard J. 


10 


Stone Court 


Salesman 


Whiddeu. Donald S. 


90 


Puritan Lane 


Merchant 


Whipple. John W. 


1 


Eureka Avenue 


a. E. 


Willett, Fred A. 


57 


Orient Court 


Teller 


York, Philip A. 


26 


Hillcrest Circle 


Mechanic 


Zaiger. Louis 


25 


Atlantic Avenue 


Manufacturer 



Building Inspector 

Raymond O. Doaxe. Bu'ndiug inspetior 



Dwellings 

New 62 * 868,200.00 

Alterations and Additions 39 53,060.00 

Private Garages 

New 5S 58,300.00 

Alterations and Additions A 1.900.00 

Miscellaneous 

Office Buildings 2 20,350 Oo 

Restaurant ( Alterations) 1 8,000.00 

Apartment House (Alterations) 1 10,000.00 

Store I Alterations ) 2 6,000.00 

Work Shop 1 5.000.00 

Greenhouse 2 1.950.00 

Church (Alterations) ] 4,400.00 

Warehouse 1 4,000.00 

Tool House 1 4.000.00 

Guest House (Alterations) 1 1.000.00 

Demolish Dwellings 2 

Demolish Garase 2 

Demolish Shed t 1 



ISl .*1,046.160.00 

Building Permits 181 

Permits" to Shingle 119 

300 

Number of Inspections (Buildings) 305 

Xumber of Inspections (Shingling) 119 

424 

Amount of Buildings Fees Collected *248 00 

Elevator Operator's Licenses 

Issued: Xew 4 4.00 

Renewals 4 2.00 



$254.00 

All horels and elevators have been inspected and returns made to the State. 
Several complaints of violations of the building laws have been investigated and in 
all cases adjustments made. Frequent examinations were made of buildings in 
course of construction and repair. 



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World War II MemDrial Fund 

Ernest Manchin, Chairman 
Benjamin Goldberg, Secretary 
Philip H. Stafford 
Clement E. Kennedy David F. Doherty 

John R. Cooper Albert F. Pashby 

A very fine precedent was established during the year. Two former Classes of 
Swampscott High School, made contributions to the Fund. No doubt other Classes 
may make contributions to the Fund in the future. The contributions during the 
year totalled $150 and were received from the following: 

Mr. Arthur R. Schwartz $50.00 

Swampscott High School Class of 1934 .... 70.00 
Swampscott High School Class of 1929 -- 30.00 

For the fourth year a $250 scholarship was awarded. The award was made to 
Virginia M. Donald, who enrolled at State Teachers College at Salem, Massachusetts. 

The financial report of the Fund as of December 31, 1954 follows: 

Salem Five Cents Savings Bank $ 5,409.90 

Salem Savings Bank 5,435.62 

Provident Institution for Savings 106.52 

Total Balance ..$10,952.04 

Balance due Virginia M. Donald 150.00 

Net Balance as of December 31, 1954 $10,802.04 

The total of the scholarships awarded to date is $ 1,000. 

At the Annual Meeting of the Trustees, which was held October 13, 1954 at 
the New Ocean House, it was noted that the Fund has been increased by an amount 
of $156, in accumulated earnings. The contributions received during the year were 
formally accepted by the Trustees. The growth of the Fund from contributions and 
earnings was considered satisfactory progress. Ernest Manchin was elected Chair- 
man and Philip H. Stafford was elected Secretary of the Trustees for the coming 
year. 

The Swampscott World War II Memorial Fund welcomes gifts and bequests. 
It is suggested that those contemplating gifts or bequests, confer with any Trustee 
of the Fund. A letter received from the U. S. Treasury Department, states "Contri- 
butions made to the Fund are deductible by the donors in computing their taxable 
net income, etc". 



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SGhofll Department 



Walter H. Forbes, Jr., Chairman Term Expires 1956 28 Greenwood Terrace 

Lillian I. White Term Expires 1957 8 Phillips Avenue 

George A. Chadwell Term Expires 1957 96 Stetson Avenue 

William H. Rothwell, 2nd Term Expires 1955 Little's Point 

Theodore C. Sargent Term Expires 1956 9 Clarke Road 

Regular meeting, second Thursday of each month. 

Superintendent of Schools 
John A. Whitehead 
367 Forest Avenue LYnn 8-9455 

Secretary of School Committee 
William H. Rothwell, 2nd 
Little's Point LYnn 5-6272 

Secretary 
Gertrude Donlon 
37 Salem Street LYnn 2-6643 

The office of the Superintendent of Schools is open on school days from 
8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 1954 

Winter term begins Monday, January 3 

Winter term closes Friday, February 18 

Spring term begins Monday, February 28 

Spring term closes Friday, April 15 

Summer term begins Monday, April 25 

Fall term begins Wednesday, September 7 

To the Citizens of Swampscott: 

Ladies and Gentlemen : 

The major problem that confronted your School Committee during 1954 is the 
same that has faced us for the past two years — adequate housing for the school 
children of Swampscott. 

With the opening, in September, of the Stanley School addition, the housing 
situation at the elementary level has been relieved, and for the first time in four 
years there is no platoon system in Swampscott. 

During the year just past, our efforts have been concentrated on the housing 
problem at the secondary level. The problem as it appeared to us at the start of school 
in September was an enrollment at the High School of 590 pupils with a capacity 
of 550, and at the Junior High School an enrollment of 343 with a capacity of 330. 
The problem will be even n>ore acute on the opening of school in September, 1955. 
The predicted enrollment at the High School will be 675 with a capacity of 550, 
and at the Junior High School (grades seven and eight) 337 with a capacity of 330. 
Obviously some immediate corrective steps must be taken or we will be unable to 
operate from sheer lack of space. 

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The sworn duty of your School Committee is to maintain the high standard of 
education which we have all come to expect of the Swampscott School System. Your 
School Committee is determined to avoid the two platoon system at the secondary 
level as long as possible, and we are happy to say that after careful planning with 
Mr. Dunn, Principal of the High School, and the Superintendent of Schools, we 
have been able to avoid the two platoon system at the High School for the year 
1955-1956. This will be accomplished by making two extra classrooms out of what 
is now our study hall, and one additional classroom in the basement. The auditorium 
must now be used as a study hall, and the cafeteria as an activities room. It is 
necessary for us to appropriate $7,050 in our 1955 budget for this project. 

The hope for the future of the educational system of Swampscott rests with 
the acceptance by the citizens of the reports to be submitted early in 1955 by the 
two committees appointed by the Moderator. The first committe will report on the 
location and plans for a new High School, and the second committee will report on 
the future use of the Hadley School building. Prompt action by the Town Meeting 
to place the recommended plans into action will aid in reaching an eventual answer 
to our space needs. Your School Committee has done all in its power to maintain 
the standards of education that you have instructed us you want for your children. 
Unless action is prompt we will be forced to take action that will eventually lead to 
a lowering of this standard. Let us repeat — the future of the education of our 
children rests strictly with you, the citizens of Swampscott. 

Your School Committee is making every effort to keep the cost per pupil for 
education in Swampscott at a moderate level. We seek high professional standards 
and try to attain this objective by efficient administration so that total expenditures 
will be kept in line. By following this pattern we have been able to build a budget 
for 1955 that shows only a 4.8% increase over last year, whereas our pupil popula- 
tion has climbed more than 6.7%. As a consequence, our costs per pupil will decrease 
this year. 

The Superintendent's report gives many details about the activities of your 
School Department, and we urge all citizens to read it. 



To the Swampscott School Committee, 

Mrs. White and Gentlemen: 

I herewith submit my third annual report as Superintendent of Schools. 

The year 1954 has been characterized by intense activity in all phases of school 
work in order to meet the needs of our growing student population. The year has 
seen more than the usual amount of growth in our school population, school plant, 
and school program. We have a reputation for doing outstanding work in teaching 
youngsters the fundamental subjects, and in the general discipline and morale of 
the department. As we have faced the problems of 1954, it has been our aim to 
adjust our practices and conditions to current conditions without jeopardizing in any 
way the values that have been so well established and maintained by our predecessors. 

School space, our greatest challenge 

The provision for teaching space for our secondary school population is now 
the most important problem that the School Department and citizens of Swampscott 



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have to face. Our Senior High School is designed to accommodate a maximum of 
five hundred and fifty pupils under the present school program; our Junior High 
School is designed to accommodate at the most three hundred thirty pupils under the 
present program. Those figures have already been exceeded by present enrollments. 
This fact has presented a serious problem in scheduling the classes to be taught, 
and maintaining school morale and discipline. It is obvious that our educational 
environment will be less favorable under crowded conditions. 

During 1954 the predicted enrollments as originally given to us by the 
Educational Service Associates at Tufts College, have been restudied by the 
Massachusetts School Building Assistance Commission. This study shows that in the 
next twelve years the enrollments in grades seven to nine will be between six and 
seven hundred students. This figure will be reached in 1958 and will stay there 
consistently throughout the years of enrollment prediction. The same study also 
shows that in grades ten to twelve the figure of five hundred sixty will be reached 
for these three grades in I960 and thereafter will stay between six and seven hun- 
dred throughout the period of prediction which, for the high school, ends in I969. 
This particular formula is a conservative one based upon children already born. 
It is obvious that the town, at the moment, is completely unequipped to face this 
problem which will be felt with considerable severity in the fall of 1955. 

Over the years several studies of building needs have been made by SchtX)l 
Committes, Town Committees, and outside experts. From these studies it becomes 
very clear that the most economical and satisfactory solution to this problem is a 
construction of a new senior high school to accommodate grades ten to twelve. 
If this is done the present high school building will function very well as a Junior 




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High School for the forseeable future. Such a solution would not only give flexi- 
bility (ability to shift ninth grade back and forth as enrollments change) but also 
makes it unnecessary for the School Committee to request any further school con- 
struction in Swampscott at least until 1970, which is the period we can predict at 
this time. 

During 1954 a special committee, appointed by the town to study building 
needs, recommended that a high school be built at Phillips Park. The School 
Committee accepted these recommendations and spent considerable time in making 
a thorough investigation of all the possible ways of carrying out this project. 
Considerable written material was made available to the people exploring all phases 
of the problem. 

Subsequently, a High School Investigating Committee was appointed as a 
result of a spec'al town meeting. The School Committee has cooperated by furnishing 
information whenever it has been requested. The School Committee and the school 
staff will continue to do everything in their power to expedite the solution of this 
most serious problem in the interests of the children now in the Swampscott schools. 

Mr. James Dunn, Principal of Swampscott High School, indicates his concern 
with this problem in his report as follows: 

"The great problem which faces us in the high school is our lack of space in 
the face of rapidly growing enrollment, a problem quite familiar to many communi- 
ties, but none the less, most acute in our case. Last June we graduated 111 boys and 
girls. This year's senior class numbers 115. It is apparent that we shall not again have 
such moderate size classes in the forseeable future. Our present junior, sophomore 




With all classrooms in use, the High School cafeteria is used for testing. 

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and freshman classes have respectively 149, 150 and 176 pupils. Our total enrollments 
as of now is 590. We anticipate an entering class next September of approximately 
200, which will boost our enrollment to 675. One can imagine the task that con- 
fronts us when it is necessary to carry on in a building designed to function for 550. 
To maintain school morale, disciplme and our present standards, our faculty will 
face a stern challenge. 

An examination of the previous year's graduates provides us with one yardstick 
for evaluating the work accomplished in this school. Of this class of 111, 67% 
continued their education beyond high school. Twenty four-year colleges are attended 
by this group in addition to junior colleges, technical schools, schools of nursing and 
secretarial schools. Nearly one fifth of the group entered full-time jobs and 10% 
entered the service. 

Obviously it is not possible to give much individual instruction in every day 
class work in most areas. To a considerable extent, this is compensated for by the 
individual attention of our guidance department and by special attention to college 
students in special drills for examinaitons by subject teachers in preparation for 
college entrance examinations. This work is done in afternoon sessions extending 
over a period of several months. The excellent placement work of our business 
department has resulted in bringing well-trained young people and jobs together. 
Parents would do well to consider the advantages of our business curriculum. 

Students trained in the Business Department of our school work chiefly in 
offices in Swampscott, Lynn, Salem and Boston. The demand for them to work in 
both part and full-time employment continues to be greater than their supply. Young 
people who understand business principles and who have competence in bookkeep- 
mg, filing, general clerical work, typing, office machines, and stenography have no 
difficulty upon graduation in securing satisfactory beginning jobs in the business 
world. 

It is to be hoped that boys and girls who evince interest in business and have 
aptitude for it will be encouraged by parents and teacher advisers to study in the 
field of business. Successful completion of their courses in high school enables them 
to progress according to their ability and application to the work at hand. 

The Placement Bureau of the school stands ready to help students and business 
placement officers alike to secure placement, orientations, and advancement on the 
job. In so doing, it helps the community. 

This past year the industrial arts department has expanded its facilities to 
include areas in automotive industry practice and electricity, in addition to the func- 
tioning wood working area. A course in industrial materials also was incorporated 
as a necessary correlating subject, filling a long existent need in the curriculum. The 
drafting area fills the needs of the industrial arts group, with the facilities being 
extended to those in the scientific group of the college preparatory curriculum who 
are planning an engineering career. A planning area for the shop has been set up 
and will be functioning shortly. Here are also provided the space and materials for 
special instruction in any of the shop skills as well as for special pupil needs in 
other curricula, in close cooperation wtih the guidance department. With the ex- 
panded facilities and the apparent needs as indicated in conference with the guidance 



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Woodworking is an important part of the Industrial Arts program. 



department, an appreciable increase in enrollment may be expected in the industrial 
arts department this coming year. 

From this industrial arts training, comes motivation for automotive, technical 
and other specialized schools. 

The department of Home Economics affords an insight into the rich oppor- 
tunities in the field of dietetics and clothing. Many of our students take work in 
this area for their personal needs. There are many opportunities open for those who 
wish to specialize in this field. 

An increasing number of our students are recipients of scholarships. At 
graduation last June a total of $2750 in local scholarships and awards was given to 
students going to a variety of schools, including: Teachers Colleges, Nurses Training 
Schools, Junior Colleges and Secretarial. Others have lately won scholarships at 
leading colleges. There are many opportunities for our ambitious students." 

During the year the Stanley School Building Committee made a new Stanley 
School addition available for the use of the children. This eight room addition was 
opened in September and now has an enrollment of 268 pupils. These rooms will 
enable us to take care of the elementary school population for the next year or two. 
After that time more classrooms will be needed to accommodate these youngsters. 

The solution that is suggested is that the Hadley School be converted to an 
elementary school entirely and that it be modernized in order to best carry out this 
purpose. At the present time a Hadley School Investigating Committee is studying 



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Home Nursing and child care techniques are demonstrated by our Public Health Nurse. 



changes that will need to be made in the building to make it serviceable as an 
elementary school for a period of years. It should be noted that failure to solve the 
High School problem not only will effect the education of youngsters in grades ten 
to twelve but the crowded conditions will extend their effects throughout all the 
grades in the school system. We know from our figures of present enrollment and 
from predictions that it will be essential to have more elementary school classrooms 
in the near future and that the conversion of the Hadley School for elementary 
purposes will meet this need. 

The Instrtictional Proorat?/ — A Year of Progress 

The program of appraisal of all the subjects and practices in the elementary 
school has been continued. During the year new elementary report cards were tried 
out. The Teachers' Committee met and discussed the experiences with the new sys- 
tem and also took a poll of parental opinion on the matter. As a result of this, mod- 
ifications have been made in the card. Conference plans also are improved by the 
use of a written report form to give standard test results to parents. This enables 
the parent to know exactly where his child stands in various school subjects in re- 
lation to other children in the country. 

A Reading Committee was foimed consisting of elementary teachers from all 
buildings. This committee, after study of the various reading systems on the market, 
selected three to be investigated. These were carefully investigated and visits made 
to systems where they were in use. All first grades were equipped with materials 
this year. This program will be installed in grade two next year and gradually 



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extended until it is available to all youngsters in all grades. It is gratifying to report 
that up to the present time no adverse comments on the new system have been re- 
ceived. This is to the credit of the committee which did such a fine job in its selection, 
tion. 

During the year two other committees have been formed — one to study 
Science teaching in the elementary grades and one consisting of all kindergarten 
teachers to plan a curriculum guide for the kindergarten grades. These committees 
are expected to report during the year 1955. 

The Language Arts Committee is in its second year. A new English text was 
adopted for use in Swampscott elementary grades. The Committee is also printing 
a guide for the use of the teachers in order that practices in all buildings may be 
corelated and the same type of material taught to the youngsters. 

Growth in the number of elementary pupils and classes during the last few 
years made it impossible for our music supervisor to cover the work that has been 
assigned to her. This year a new teacher has been engaged to assist in the teaching 
of junior high school and elementary music. This has enabled us to do more 
thorough work in the elementary grades, and it will result in more Glee Club ac- 
tivity in all schools for those youngsters of interest and ability. This is but one of 
the many steps being taken to adjust to ever-increasing enrollments. 

It has been particularly pleasing to observe the growth of our physical educa- 
tion program in all the schools. During the year 1954 a program of basketball in the 
afternoon for grades seven and eight has been started at the Stanley School. The 




Town of Swampscott 



shortage of play space has always been a severe handicap to the school in an attempt 
to do more in the line of sports throughout the winter. The addition of the Stanley 
School Hall will make it possible for us to expand. 

In the spring, in cooperation with the Swampscott Yacht Club, sailing was 
made available as a sport to people in our High School and Junior High, both boys 
and girls. A Track team was formed for the first time. Forty-five boys participated 
in this program, and several meets wttt held during the spring. 

Not only has our program grown in the number of sports added, but it has 
grown in every other direction also. There are more varied types of drills, more 
students taking part, more mat work, ropes, and group games. According to latest 
figures 160 boys were involved in football on the junior and senior high levels, 
while 70 played elementary touch football last fall. In field hockey 185 girls par- 
ticipated. Figures are equally high in other sports with 45 boys in hockey, 110 
girls in basketball, 85 boys in basketball, 80 boys in baseball and 15 boys in track. 

The elementary school youngsters were not left out of the afternoon program 
either. During this winter 125 boys and girls will be in the basketball program 
for the Junior High School and 65 for the elementary schools. Many requests for 
information have been received from other schools concerning our program and how 
such a program is started. It is pleasing that this overall program has grown so 
quickly. 

During the year the school staff makes use of standard tests. These tests ai*- 
constructed by a commercial firm and tried out on large numbers of pupils through- 
out the country in order to establish levels of achievement that may be expected 
from the various grades. It is gratifying that when these tests are used in Sv/ampscott 
they invariably show that our youngsters make scores from a half a year to a year 
in advance of the scores of the other school systems. This indication that preparation 
is very thorough in Swampscott is backed up by two other pieces of evidence. 

1. We often hear from youngsters coming in from other systems that our 
work is more advanced than it was in the system from which they came. We rarely 
if ever, hear that anybody feels that the work in Swampscott is too easy in com- 
parison to that which he had before coming. 

2. Each year we also have approximately 25 or 30 youngsters taking college 
board examinations. From this we get the opportunity to compare our better students 
with the better students in other communities from public and private schools 
throughout the country. In these tests 500 is considered an average mark. 600 is 
considered very high. The average of our total scores in each subject would total 
568 for last June, which is an extremely high record. Many pupils got totals of 
over 600 in their subject matter tests. The College Boards also give a test to de- 
termine the ability of the student. In these tests, our students, who also took sub- 
ject matter tests, averaged 490 in their scores. It must be borne in mind that this 
is in comparison with the best students from all over the country. It is obvious at 
once that a very good training must be given at Swampscott High School if our 
scores on capacity are average and our scores on achievement are high. 

This is an account of the major accomplishments in 1954. In addition it must be 
borne in mind that many devices are coming into use, or are extended in their use 
that tend to give our children a better training and a better understanding of the 
world in which they live. Our teachers are alert for opportunities to bring new edu- 



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Modern teaching uses a variety of materials to challenge the skills and interests of 

all pupils. 



cational experiences. For instance, in the fifth grade at the Machon School nearly 
half the class formed a pen pal club through the student letter exchange. The 
Clarke School citizenship course is often quoted as an example of good practice 
in this area and inquiries have been received from other systems as to how the pro- 
gram is set up. In the Stanley School a tape recorder has been constantly in use. This 
enables worthwhile material to be recorded and made available to all classes in the 
school at a time when it is convenient for them to hear the program, and also 
children's voices may be recorded for speech correction. A library of film strips 
is slowly being built so that this important visual aid will be available to students 
in all schools. These are only a few of the many ways in which an alert staff is 
seeking to use the best modern devices to improve the thoroughness of learning of 
the pupils. 

All the Needs of All the Children 

An important part of the school program is to take care of the personal needs 
of the children, to treat them as individual personalities in many cases needing help 
and advice to make the adjustments required in school life as well as life outside 
the school. Such activities are part of the work of every teacher. Teachers help the 
youngsters to meet their problems, to adjust to situations that may be difficult to 
them and observe youngsters at all times for signs that some special attention is 
needed. The formal work in connection with this function of the school lies within 
the scope of the activities of the school nurse and the director of guidance. 

During the year 1954 a set of ear phones was purchased for our pure tone 
audiometer. This makes it possible for all youngsters to have a modern hearing test 



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Up-to-date equipment and skillful testing catch hearing loss in time. 



each year, which not only will reveal the present level of hearing, but is so de- 
signed that it immediately detects slight losses of hearing which might later result 
in deafness. Many times it is possible to prevent the onset of deafness if a person 
knows soon enough that trouble is coming. For the first time this year, a hearing 
therapy class has been started two afternoons a week. In this class a specialist 
tutors youngsters whose hearing is inadequate to a point where lip reading methods 
must be used to supplement the use of a hearing aid. 

The work in Guidance has been enlarged in scope through the addition of a 
half-time teacher in the held. Our Guidance staff not only does a great deal of work 
in placement, individual counselling and advising, but supervises the testing pro- 
gram throughout all the schools, including vocational guidance tests. The Guidance 
department also serves as aid and advisor to teachers in their studies of problems 
which affect their work directly. 

During 1954 a revised system of keeping accumulated records was instituted in 
the elementary schools. Under the new system on two cards teachers record a com- 
plete history of the child as he progresses through the elementary school. This 
will be made available to the high school staff in later years, because such informa- 
tion is useful in teaching and advising high school students. 

During the year a committee of Junior High teachers was formed to discuss 
and revise the promotional policy at the Junior High School. Standards for pro- 
motions were reviewed and clarified. Provisions were also made for cooperative 
decisions by the faculty. 



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Our Staff Has Grown 

As the number of pupils has increased and the school program has grown in 
its scope, so have the number of staff members required to keep the program up to 
the usual standards. Now we have 112 principals and teachers. The total number 
of employees in the school system numbers 137 full-time men and women and 
eight part-time. 

There has been considerable activity on the part of the professional staff in 
studying for purposes of professional improvement. Nearly all teachers fulfill course 
requirements of the salary schedule as of June 1954. In addition to this there is 
increasing professional activity with organizations, such as the New England 
School Development Council, The Association for Childhood Education, The Mass- 
achusetts Teachers' Association, The American Association of University Women, 
and the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (honor society for women in edu- 
cation) . In addition our teachers are working with a variety of committees which are 
studying problems with teachers of other towns. This kind of professional awareness 
will do much toward keeping a spirit of progressiveness alive that will lead to the 
continual solution of the many problems one faces in present day education. 

During the year the opening of the Stanley School and the problems presented 
by greatly increased enrollment in the Hadley School in the last three years, made 
it necessary that more janitors be employed. As a result two men were added to the 
staff in 1954, which will make it possible for standards of housekeeping to be 
maintained. 

During 1954 the teachers' new salary schedule went into effect. This schedule 
was voted by the School Committee after a study by a representative group of people, 
consisting of teachers, school committee, and representatives from various interested 
organizations in town. At the same time extra salaries paid for part-time work in 
addition to the regular salary was studied and in some cases changes were made. 

All elementary teachers were given one visiting day during the fall in order 
that they might observe teachers in other towns. Visits were of great value to the 
teachers and the geographical area represented in the visitations extended from 
New York to the Maine border. It is interesting to note that our teachers came back 
feeling that their methods, materials, and teaching situations were very satisfactory 
in comparison with those which they visited. 

The School Plant was Improved 

In 1954, as in the three previous years, considerable work was done on the 
school plant in order to keep it up to proper standards of repair and cleanliness. The 
projects carried out are far too numerous to mention, but perhaps a few of the 
changes do deserve special mention in this report. 

Much work was done in replacing shades in the Hadley School and in the 
High School. This must be a continuing program extending over the next four or 
five years, since there are many that are not in condition for further use. One major 
project was the replacement of the High School hot water tank. This tank had been 
in use since the remodelling of the building and was in an unsafe condition. Its 
removal was made at the request of the Boiler Inspector. 

Progress was made in the painting of the Machon School with the redecoration 



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of three more classrooms and both of the stairwells. This has improved the working 
conditions for the children to a considerable extent. 

A new roof was placed on the Hadley Annex, replacing one that had been on 
the building since it was built in 1924. Repointing is badly needed both at the 
Hadley and at the High School, one wall being repointed at the Hadley. 

Considerable attention was given to the Clarke School grounds, all lawns 
being loamed and protected with temporary fences from the youngsters who come 
to Abbott Park to play. It is planned to improve the appearance of the building 
further by placing shrubbery around it during 1955. 

One of the most pleasing improvements in the school system this year has 
been the installation of new lights in twelve Hadley classrooms. This came about 
as a result of a meeting with P.T.A. members who expressed considerable interest 
in seeing the lighting project carried out. It is encouraging that such things can be 
done in an old building to make it more functional for modern education. During 
the year many minor projects were carried out such as the cleaning and repair of the 
High School stage cyclorama, the improvement of storage facilities in the Junior 
High shop, the rebuilding of doors at the Hadley School, the replacement and re- 
pair of flashings which were in a dangerous condition at the Machon School, taking 
care of some bad roof leaks at the Stanley School, replacing one classroom of fur- 
niture in the Stanley School, installing a bicycle rack at the Clarke School and finish- 
ing additional bookcases for our growing High School library. 

An unusually large amount of money was spent on textbooks during 1954. 
This was necessary mainly in the High School where additional enrollment put a 
heavy burden on the textbook account and also at the Stanley School. In the Stanley 
School the grades that had been on platoon were sharing the same textbooks. When 
these grades were separated in the new building it meant that one room for each 
grade had to have complete new textbooks. This kind of heavy expenditure is not 
anticipated again in the near future. 

Throughout the year considerable attention has been given to the materials 
used by our janitors in the cleaning and maintenance of the buildings. All of the 
men have been spending some time in an attempt to discover and experiment with 
new products that might do the work better and with more efficiency. As a result 
of this, the kinds of supplies being bought are gradually being changed and replaced 
with the latest types. Tests were made of certain floors during the year to ascertain 
which waxes were the least slippery, and therefore would be safer for the children, 
the teachers and the public. Purchases in the future will be made on the basis not 
only of the wearing quality of the wax, but also on its safety quality. 

The addition of a full-time maintenance man to the staff in place of the 
"floating janitor" has proved to be a sound financial investment. There are many 
small maintenance and repair jobs that formerly would have to go out under con- 
tract that are now done by our own man with only the cost of materials being neces- 
sary. This is indicative of the continual adjustments that are being made in order to 
get good work done at a lower price. 

Our School Costs are Staying in Line 

During the year 1954 the School Department budget for current operations 
totalled $643,609.00. Of this amount by far the greater part was spent for instruc- 



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tion. Our instruction cost in Swampscott of 79% of the budget indicates that the 
money that is appropriated for schools is spent for those things that provide for the 
proper education of the children — teachers, supplies and textbooks. Our next 
largest account is for operation of the plant. This includes supplies for janitors, 
janitors' salaries, heat and light and some repair of equipment. Our administrative 
costs of something over 2% is considered very low in any business. 

It should also be noted that as the cost of running the school system increases, 
the receipts from state funds are increasing also, so that the net gain in any year 
over the previous year is always less than it would seem to be from comparing the 
two budgets. For instance, in 1953 receipts on account of schools were $33,874.00, 
but in 1954 they were five thousand dollars higher than that, a total of $39,480.00. 
The summary of expenditures for 1954 is given below: 

Appropriation $643,609.00 

Transfer 552.00 



$644,161.00 

Expenditures: 

General Control $ 14,393.16 

Cost of Instruction 506,012.88 

Operation of Plants 81,446.26 

Maintenance 17,114.17 

Capital Outlay 3,062.72 

Auxiliary Agencies 22,130.86 644,160.05 

Unexpended Balance $ -95 

Credits to the Department: 

General Receipts 457.00 

Tuition Received — General 1,138.00 

State Refund, Trade and Vocational Schools 1,472.00 

State Refund, General School Fund 36,413.00 



39,480.00 

Net Cost of Schools $624,680.05 

Schools and Community Work Together 

In our country schools are kept close to the people in the local towns in con- 
trast to some countries where educational policy is formulated by the central govern- 
ment. Because of this the modern American school system makes every possible 
attempt to work closely with its community and with its parents. 

During the year there has been extensive cooperation between the schools and 
organizations in the town, who are directly or indirectly connected with educational 
work. 

This is the first full year of the publication of 'Tocus on Your Schools" our 
School Department paper. The issues have been devoted to the building problem 
and to the work of the Guidance Department, in addition to other items of interest 
in the work of the schools. Recently a questionnaire was sent out to parents to get 
reactions from the "Focus" material, and the answers that we received from the 



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public indicate that it is being well accepted and that there are many suggestions for 
future articles. 

School people cooperated with the Community Service in promoting a series 
of lectures in Adult Education. These lectures were carried on in the fall and were 
considered successful. 

The School Department has cooperated with three committees which have 
been studying town problems, particularly school problems, during 1954. The 
first, a Public Building Needs Committee, reported to the Town Meeting in April, 
using to some extent material furnished from the School Department. Information 
has also been given as requested to the Hadley School Investigating Committee and 
the High School Investigating Comimittee. 

In the spring the Swampscott Health Department and School Department 
cooperated in participating in the experimental work on polio that was being done 
on a national scale. Many of our children were innoculated as part of the experiment 
to test the effectiveness of a vaccine that had been developed. 

Our halls have been used by many organizations in the town. These halls are 
made available on very favorable terms to educational, cultural or recreational or- 
ganizations in Swampscott. They are also used sometimes for money raising funds at 
a reasonable fee. Appreciation has been expressed by those using the halls both 
because of the fine facilities that are being offered and because of the courteous 
service received from our janitorial staff. 

Our four P.T.A.'s have enjoyed a successful year of operation. There has been 
cooperation between the teachers and the parents, both through conferences and in 
handling the regular meeting program. The Superintendent has had the privilege 
of attending occasional P.T.A. council meetings and has found it to be very much 
worthwhile as a means of learning about the P.T.A. program and understanding the 
objectives of the council and its various individual organizations. A strong P.T.A. 
organization is a vital part of a strong school system, and the cooperation that 
exists in this town is a factor in the success of its schools. 

Open house has been conducted in all schools during an evening at least once 
during 1954. The purpose of this visitation evening is to allow the parent to see 
the teachers and to see the work of their children, as well as the environment in 
which the children work. All have been very well attended and appreciation has 
been expressed for the opportunity to get into the building at night, particularly by 
the fathers of the children concerned. As we face the problems of growth and re- 
adjustment of our school program, it is important that both parents and school staff 
realize that our interests are not opposed but are the same. School staff and parents 
have much to contribute to the thinking of each other and by working together co- 
operatively can do an effective piece of work for the children. It has been the 
policy to keep continual contact open between parents and school people through 
questionnaires, through conferences, through meetings and through newspaper 
publicity. This practice aids the school in being sensitive to the needs of the children 
and the community. 

Co77clmiou 

It is the function of the School Committee to formulate policies for the con- 
duct of the school system, as well as to make final decisions on all matters con- 



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cerning finance, employment and educational practice. Our School Committee has 
spent many hours this year in the study of the problems that we must face, and par- 
ticularly the problem of school space. Their earnestness and enthusiasm are greatly 
appreciated by the members of the school staff. 

I would like also to express my thanks to the principals, teachers, janitors and 
cafeteria workers for their cooperation and very effective work this past year. Their 
ability as well as their loyalty to th? cause of good education is greatly appreciated. 

Respectfully submitted, 
John A. Whitehead 

SupeYintendent of Schools 



Pupils Enrolled — October I, 1954 





Freshman Sophomore . Juniors 


Seniors 


Total 


High School 


176 




149 


149 


115 


589 








Class I 


Class 11 




Junior High 


School 




160 




183 


343 


Grades 


Kind . 


1 


2 3 


4 


. 5 . 6 




Clarke .... 


52 


68 


58 50 


52 


45 52 


377 


Hadley .... 


38 


44 


48 65 


54 


37 33 


319 


Machou . . . 


29 


47 


51 32 


24 


36 28 


247 


Stanley .... 


63 


68 


62 67 


65 


62 58 


445 


High School 






589 






.Junior 


High 






343 






Elementary 






1388 














2320 





SCHOOL DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY 



HIGH 



James H. Dunn, Principal 
Eobert V. Andersen 
Brooks K. Blossom 
Marian P. Burlingame 
Arthur G. Cronk 
Bette L. Davis 
Walter C. Drogue 
Thomas J. Eickelberger 
Enos E. Held 
Walter R. Henshaw 
Philip A. Jenkin 
Antoinette Lambert 
Jeanne Lepine 
Richard eT. Lynch 
Leon Harden 
Nance Marquette 

JUNIOR 
Keith L. Jordan, Prineip 
Marian S. Bennett 
Mary G. Boyce 
Francis E. Chiary 
Beatrice L, Cook 
Alice T. Durgin 
Elizabeth Gapinski 
Gertrude L, Hammond 
Mary E. Hanifey 



Irene P. McCormack 
John I. McLaughlin 
Flora B. McLearn 
Jennie M. McYey 
Edna I. Morrison 
Mildred J. O 'Leary 
Charlotte M. Oliver 
Richard W. Pavesi 
L. Joseph Roy 
Lois W. Roy 
Bronia Sielewicz 
Eileen Soper 
Richard D. Stevenson 
Katherine W. Trickey 
Emma S. White 
Marjorie White 

HIGH SCHOOL 
al Beatrice M. Hutchinson 

George E Hutchinson 
Harold S. Martin 
Jeanne F. McGoyern 
Crandall P. Nodwell 
Priscilla M, Schryver 
Katherine R. Townsend 
Helen Warren 
Grace E. Young 



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CLARKE SCHOOL 
Madelaiue M. Murphy, PrincipalBeryla Gorham 
Marjorie M. Carlson Virginia T. Grimes 

Marilyn F. Dennett Katherine F, Kerans 

Joan Dimeno L, Francis Mitchell 

.loan M. Dymond Ruth Nickerson 

Marilyn E. Francis Barbara Poole 

Catherine T. Garrity Evelina S. Roney 

Francis Goddard 

HADLEY SCHOOL 



Keith L. Jordan, Principal 

Emma Blossom 

Sophie Boratgis 

Maxine Boyd 

Norma Briana 

Melba Collins 

Florence M. Harrington 



Helen H. Hudson 
Ruth K. James 
Cecelia P. Loring 
Anne M. McCarthy 
Marian F. Newcomb 
Mary E. Selvage 
Georgette Weddendorf 



MACHON SCHOOL 
Esther K. Heikel, Principal Thelma Hessell 
Hazel V. Chase 
Helen F. Gangi 
Averill D. Gellerson 
Mae M. Graham 
Dorothy M. Henderson 



Evelyn H. Lovejoy 
Nancy Shumway 
Phyllis Smith 
Elizabeth W. Wade 



STANLEY 
Hilda J. Gifford, Principal 
Charlotte N. Connors 
Shirley C. Covner 
Margaret E. Durgin 
Grace M. Farrell 
Margaret P. Johnston 
Elizabeth S. Mahoney 
Jessie C. Martin 



SCHOOL 

Rosalie Muchnikoff 
Helen N. Nelson 
Genevieve i ierre 
Dorothy E. Rich 
Shirley Sterman 
Clara Waterman 
Carolyn H. White 
Barbara L. Young 



ALL SCHOOLS 



Mary M. Chaisson 

Supervisor of Art 
Mary W. Cooper 

Director of Guidance 
Donald C. Hammond 

Instrumental Music 

Amy C. Burk, R. N. 



Stanley Bondelevitch 

Director of Physical Education 
Anne Linscott 

Speech 
Esther Nazarian 

Supervisor of Music 
School Nurse 



SECRETARIES 
Bessie Heggie, Hadley School 
Edith Legro, High School 



Elizabeth Kehoe 
Daniel J, Myers 
Carl B. Goodwin 
Ralph E. Gould 
Mario Travascio 
Wendell Jones 
Emery Doane 
Henry .1. Callahan 

Elsie Topp 

Sarah Corcoran 
Hilda O. Boston 
Clementine Emerv 



JANITORS 

Frank Coletti 
Kenneth Cort 
Richard Corcoran 
Michael Pagnotta 
Thomas Bailey 
Donald R. Peterson 
Francis Losano 

ASSISTANTS 

Jennie Bates 

LUNCH ROOM 

Lillian Morse 
Lena Wilson 



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In Memoriam 

EDWARD J. CONNELL 

Wire Inspector — 1950-1954 
Died June 18, 1954 



CAPTAIN WARREN C. DUNPHY, JR. 

Member of Fire Department 
1950-1954 

Died July 18, 1954 



JOHN A. HOLMES 

Board of Assessors — 1937-1954 
Died March 3, 1954 



EDWARD E. JAFFEE 

Member of Finance Committee 
1952-1954 

Died January 18*, 1954 



ARCHIBALD MILLER 

Park Commissioner — 1918-1932 
Died March 8, 1954 



EDWARD C. PHILLIPS 

Plumbing Inspector — 1912-1951 
Died March 28, 1954 



WILLIS E. SHEPHARD 

Dog Officer — 1935-1950 
Died May 17, 1954 

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General Intarmation 

Swampscott was incorporated as a Town on May 21, 1852. 
Situation: About 15 miles northeast of Boston. 
Population: 11,580 
Area: 3.05 square miles 

Assessed Valuation: $29,785,825 as of January 1, 1954. 
Tax Rate: $47.00. 

Administration Building: 22 Monument Avenue. 

Senators in Congress: Leverett Saltonstall and John F. Kennedy. 

State Senator: Charles V. Hogan of Lynn (1st Essex District). 

Representative in Congress: William H. Bates of Salem (6th Congressional 
District) . 

Representatives in General Court: Thomas M. Newth of Swampscott; John 
A. Davis, Marblehead, and Ernest W. April of Salem (l4th Essex District). 

Member of Governor's Council: Arthur A. Thomson of N. Andover (5th 
District) . 

Qualifications of Voters: Must be 21 years of age, born in United States or 
fully naturalized ; a resident of Massachusetts one year and Swampscott six months. 
Registration Monday through Friday, 9-12 A.M. - 1-5 P.M. Special sessions held 
preceding elections. 

Where to vote: 

Precinct 1 — Machon School on Burpee Road. 

Precinct 2 — Clarke School on Norfolk Avenue side adjoining Abbott Park. 

Precinct 3 — Old Town Hall on Burrill Street. 

Precinct 4 — Hadley School on Redington Street. 

Precinct 5 — Essex Oil Filling Station, 638 Humphrey Street. 

Precinct 6 — Phillips Beach Fire Engine House, Phillips Avenue. 

Tax Bills: Due and payable on or before October 1. Law provides for addi- 
tion of interest from October 1 on bills unpaid after November 1. Poll and motor 
excise taxes are payable 30 days and water bills are payable 60 days from date of 
issue. 



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